Diamondbacks' J.D. Martinez hits four home runs against Dodgers

On Monday night against the Dodgers, Diamondbacks outfielder J.D. Martinez hit four home runs. In doing so, he ties the all-time single-game record and becomes the 18th player in MLB history and first D-Back to go deep four times in a game. 

Martinez had six RBI. Arizona won 13-0 and has won 11 consecutive games. Here's a look at his four homers: 

What makes his night all the more remarkable is that he didn't hit his second home run until the seventh inning. Also, give a dominant Robbie Ray an assist for this nugget ... 

To put the rarity of the feat into perspective, as noted Martinez is the 18th player to hit four home runs in a game (and second of 2017, joining Scooter Gennett of the Reds). Meantime, 23 pitchers have thrown perfect games. Here's the NL list that Martinez joins: 

Player, TeamDateResult
J.D. Martinez, ArizonaSept. 4, 2017Arizona 13, Los Angeles 0

Scooter Gennett, Cincinnati

June 6, 2017

Cincinnati 13, St. Louis 1

Shawn Green, Los Angeles

May 23, 2002

Los Angeles 16, Milwaukee 3

Mark Whiten, St. Louis

Sept. 7, 1993

St. Louis 15, Cincinnati 2

Bob Horner, Atlanta

July 6, 1986

Montreal 11, Atlanta 8

Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia

April 17, 1976

Philadelphia 18, Chicago 16 (F10)

Willie Mays, San Francisco

April 30, 1961

San Francisco 14, Milwaukee 4

Joe Adcock, Milwaukee

July 31, 1954

Milwaukee 15, Brooklyn 7

Gil Hodges, Brooklyn

Aug, 31, 1950

Brooklyn 15, Boston 3

Chuck Klein, Philadelphia

July 10, 1936

Philadelphia 9, Pittsburgh 6 (F10)

Ed Delahanty, Philadelphia

July 13, 1896

Chicago 9, Philadelphia 8

Bobby Lowe, Boston

May 30, 1894

Boston 12, Cincinnati 11


And here's the list of AL four-homer games:

Player, TeamDateResult

Josh Hamilton, Texas

May 8, 2012

Texas 10, Baltimore 3

Carlos Delgado, Toronto

Sept. 25, 2003

Toronto 10, Tampa Bay 8

Mike Cameron, Seattle

May 2, 2002

Seattle 15, Chicago 4

Rocky Colavito, Cleveland

June 10, 1959

Cleveland 11, Baltimore 8

Pat Seerey, Chicago

July 18, 1948

Chicago 12, Philadelphia A's 11

Lou Gehrig, New York

June 3, 1932

New York 20, Philadelphia 13

On the season, Martinez is batting .285/.367/.654 with 34 home runs. Eighteen of those 34 home runs have come since the July 18 trade that brought him to Arizona from Detroit. 

Martinez is a pending free agent, and he's positioned himself for a substantial payday, even at age 30. He famously rebuilt his swing following the 2013 season, and since then he's authored a line of .295/.358/.554 while averaging 37 homers and 39 doubles per 162 games played. Actually, those numbers don't include Monday night's bestowals, so nudge those up ever so slightly. 

Simply put, Martinez has worked himself into one of the top power hitters in the game today. Monday night provided a vivid reminder of that fact. 

CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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