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his ace form.
The right-hander won his third consecutive start by allowing one run on six hits in seven innings to defeat the Giants on July 7 at San Francisco. He has given up five runs in 19 innings (2.37 ERA) during his winning streak.
Martinez was 3-2 with a 1.62 ERA in his first eight starts this season before a strained right lat put him on the disabled list May 9. He returned June 5 and had an 0-2 record and 8.10 ERA in his first four starts before going on the winning streak.
“Right now, my arm is great, so I don’t have any pain in there,” Martinez said. “The last (three) outings I’ve had really good focus and I’m comfortable with myself.”
❚ Shortstop returned from the DL on July 6 after missing seven weeks because of a broken left hand. He went 3-for-11 and scored four runs in his first three games.