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J.D. Martinez ties MLB record with 4 HRs in D-backs' rout of Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- J.D. Martinez keeps doing damage, and the Arizona Diamondbacks keep winning.

Martinez tied a major league record by slugging four of Arizona's six home runs, and the Diamondbacks routed the major-league-leading Los Angeles Dodgers 13-0 on Monday night for their 11th straight victory.

"We were part of history," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. "You can't believe it after it keeps happening -- second, third and finally the fourth time. It was amazing. J.D. works as hard as anybody at his swing, perfecting his craft, and he deserves that moment."

Martinez was the headliner on a big night for a couple of Diamondbacks.

Robbie Ray struck out a career-high 14 while helping Arizona, in second place in the National League West, to its longest win streak since it won 11 in a row from June 18 to June 30, 2003. Ray and Martinez are the first pair of teammates in MLB's modern era (since 1900) with at least 14 strikeouts and three home runs in the same game, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

"He has our number," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "He was exceptional."

A four-home-run game is rarer than a perfect game; there now have been 18 four-homer games in MLB history, and there have been 23 perfect games. Martinez is the 16th player in the modern era to hit four homers in a game, the 12th in the NL and the first for the Diamondbacks. He is the second player to accomplish the feat this season, joining the Reds'Scooter Gennett. His four home runs are the most by a player in a single game at Dodger Stadium, and the team's six homers tied for the most by visitors in Dodger Stadium history.

This is the first four-homer game in which the player had more homers than the opponent had hits; the Dodgers finished with just three. Martinez also became the first player to hit four home runs against a team that was at least 25 games above .500 at the time, according to Elias.

"I felt like it was one of those days," Martinez said. "I was seeing the ball well, and when I was swinging, I was hitting it."

Arizona grabbed a 2-0 lead on Martinez's two-run shot off Rich Hill (9-7) in the fourth. Martinez added solo shots in the seventh and eighth innings before capping his power show with a two-run shot off Wilmer Font in the ninth.

Walking to the plate for the last time, Martinez recalled hitting three homers in a game in 2015 and thinking too much about a fourth in his final at-bat. He didn't get it.

This time, he told himself that if a fourth homer were meant to be, it would happen.

"There's no point trying to force it," he said.

Martinez has 34 homers this season in 97 games; he didn't make his season debut until May 12 due to a foot sprain. By comparison, Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who leads the majors with 53 homers, had 32 through 97 games this season. Martinez has had 18 since he was traded to the D-backs from Detroit on July 18. He has six multihomer games in his career, with five this season.

The 30-year-old right fielder is still adjusting to NL pitching, too.

"It's pretty impressive to see a guy go out there and take four really good at-bats and hit four really long balls," Ray said. "I thought there was no way they were going to throw him something he could hit. But sure enough, he got a ball right where he wanted it, and he put it in the seats."

The Dodgers are still baseball's best team at 92-45, but they remain mired in a season-worst slump, having dropped four in a row and nine of 10 games. Monday night's defeat equaled the Dodgers' largest shutout loss since June 25, 2004, against the Angels.

"We're going to win a game again -- I know that -- and the tide will turn," Roberts said. "We're still in first place. I do know that."

The Diamondbacks have beaten the Dodgers four straight times twice this season, while no other team has done that once. The Dodgers are 8-9 against Arizona, and the only other team they have a losing record against is Washington.

Ray (12-5) scattered three hits over 7 2/3 innings. The left-hander improved to 7-1 on the road. His strikeouts were the most by a D-backs pitcher since Randy Johnson had 15 against the Dodgers on Aug. 31, 2004.

Ray became the first pitcher in major league history to have four games with 10 or more strikeouts against the Dodgers in a single season.

"Any time you can keep this lineup in check like that is pretty special," he said.

Hill retired nine of his first 10 batters, striking out seven, beforeKris Negronsingled leading off the inning. With one out, Martinez sent a 2-2 pitch into the left-field pavilion.

The D-backs added four runs in the seventh against the Dodgers' bullpen.

Martinez and Brandon Drury hit back-to-back homers off Pedro Baez to open the inning, making it 4-0. Jake Lamb and Adam Rosales singled before Baez was booed heavily as he walked off the field.
Chris Herrmann singled off Edward Paredes to load the bases. Ray reached on an infield single to second after the ball glanced off the glove of first baseman Cody Bellinger and squirted into the dirt, allowing Arizona to extend its lead to 6-0.

Hill allowed two runs and two hits in six innings, struck out nine and walked one.

NEVER TRAILING

The D-backs haven't trailed for 88 consecutive innings, tied for the sixth-longest streak by a major league team since 1912.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: 1B Paul Goldschmidt got a second straight day off when he returned to Phoenix for an MRI on his right elbow. He is expected back in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Lovullo said Goldschmidt's elbow has been bothering him for a week, and he has experienced stiffness in the mornings before it loosens up.

Dodgers: SS Corey Seager, limited to pinch-hitting last week because of a sore right elbow, could be back in the lineup by this weekend. He took ground balls Monday and is expected to resume hitting Tuesday. ... Fields was reinstated from the 10-day DL after missing the previous eight games with a lower back strain. To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Brandon McCarthy was transferred to the 60-day DL (right finger blister). He will start next week for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga in the playoffs.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Greinke (16-6, 3.08 ERA) starts against his former team on Tuesday. He is 29-7 with a 2.30 ERA in 49 career starts at Dodger Stadium and is 1-2 with a 4.58 ERA in three starts against Los Angeles this season.

Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (5-7, 3.71) allowed a season-worst six runs and eight hits in four innings at Arizona last week. He is 3-3 with a 4.02 ERA in nine career starts against the D-backs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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