Martinez ties Sept. homer mark, D’backs rally to top Gi­ants

Ripon Bulletin - - The Majors -

PHOENIX (AP) — J.D. Martinez has only spent 59 games in the Na­tional League, but his man­ager be­lieves he de­serves MVP con­sid­er­a­tion.

Martinez tied Ralph Kiner’s NL record with his 16th homer in September, spark­ing a three-run, ninth-in­ning rally that led the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs past the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants 4-3 on Wed­nes­day.

“This guy is un­be­liev­able,” said David Per­alta, who capped off the rally with a game-end­ing, bases-loaded walk. “I told him, ‘Hey, you’ve got four at-bats with­out a home run.’ Boom! Next at-bat, he hit a home run.”

Martinez has 45 homers this sea­son, 29 of them in his 59 games with the Di­a­mond­backs, who ac­quired him in a trade with the Tigers on July 18. He hit 16 homers in 57 games with Detroit.

His 36 RBIs this month set an Ari­zona record, sur­pass­ing Luis Gon­za­lez’ 35 in June 2001.

The ma­jor league record for September homers is 17, by Babe Ruth in 1927 and Al­bert Belle in 1995.

“What can you con­tinue to say about J.D.? He hits his 16th home run and you’re talk­ing about his­tor­i­cal records now,” man­ager Torey Lovullo said. “He’s locked in.”

The Di­a­mond­backs be­gan their stir­ring 2017 sea­son with a come-from-be­hind, walk-off win over San Fran­cisco. Their fi­nal home game of the reg­u­lar sea­son ended in sim­i­lar fash­ion against the same team.

“I guess we started how we fin­ished at home, and these guys did not shut down on a day game after a night game,” Lovullo said.

Ari­zona will be back in ac­tion at Chase Field next Wed­nes­day in the NL wild card game.

Daniel Descalso jogged home with the win­ning run on Per­alta’s walk for the Di­a­mond­backs’ ninth walk-off win of the sea­son.

“The way we came back in this game was un­be­liev­able. We never give up. We al­ways fight any­body,” Per­alta said. “I was re­ally pa­tient in that at-bat. The pres­sure is on the pitcher.”

All of the runs were charged to Gi­ants closer Sam Dyson (3-3). J.J. Hoover (3-1) earned the win in re­lief.

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