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J.D. Martinez crushes Diamondbacks record four home runs

Arizona Diamondbacks' J.D. Martinez gestures toward the camera as he stands in the dugout after hitting his fourth home run of the game in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

With the Arizona Diamondbacks still in the National League Wild Card race, every game means something.

Especially when it’s against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.

In a game where the D-backs were without star player Paul Goldschmidt, right fielder J.D. Martinez picked up the slack, getting the Snakes on the board first with a two-run shot in the fourth inning.

He wasn’t done there.

In the seventh inning, he connected again, this time with a solo home run to push the D-backs’ lead to 3-0. The rest of the order filled suit, adding three more runs to push the lead to 6-0.

But wait, there’s more.

Martinez continued to pour it on, crushing his third homer of the night in the eighth inning and then following it up with another shot in the ninth.

He finished the night going 4-for-5, all hits being homers, with six RBI. It was his sixth multi-home run game and the second four-HR performance of the year. Cincinnati’s Scooter Gennett accomplished the feat in June.

“It’s more rare than a perfect game,” D-backs pitcher Robbie Ray said.

It was the first time in D-backs history that a player has hit four home runs in a single game and just the eighteenth time in MLB history.

In 40 games with the team, Martinez has hit 18 home runs with 40 RBI and an OPS of 1.025.

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