LOS ANGELES -- J.D. Martinez tied a Major League record by slugging four home runs and left-hander Robbie Ray dominated the Dodgers as the D-backs ran their winning streak to 11 with a 13-0 victory at Dodger Stadium on Monday night.Martinez had two-run homers in the fourth and ninth and
LOS ANGELES -- J.D. Martinez tied a Major League record by slugging four home runs and left-hander Robbie Ray dominated the Dodgers as the D-backs ran their winning streak to 11 with a 13-0 victory at Dodger Stadium on Monday night.
Martinez had two-run homers in the fourth and ninth and solo shots in the seventh and eighth. It was the first time in D-backs history a player has collected four homers in a game and it was the 18th time it happened in Major League history (and the 16th in the modern era). The Reds Scooter Gennett was the last player to hit four homers in a game when he did it June 6 against the Cardinals.
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"It's definitely a blessing, for sure," Martinez said. "I don't know how to explain it. It's one of those things where you work real hard and find that perfect swing and find one of those days where everything just kind of lines up. Today, I felt like, was one of those days. I was seeing the ball well and when I was swinging I was hitting them."
Ray (12-5) struck out a career-high 14 while allowing just three hits and no walks in 7 2/3 innings. All three of the hits were singles and the Dodgers were not able to get a runner past first base against him. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ray is the first pitcher in history to record four outings of 10-plus strikeouts against the Dodgers in a single season.
"Robbie Ray, obviously, very good stuff," manager Dave Roberts said. "Today he was really spot on. Fastball was on the black all night long. Pitched to all quadrants and that slider off of it. He was exceptional, he really was."
Ray did not realize he had a perfect game going through five.
"I was just kind of really going out, I didn't really know," he said. "I knew I was throwing the ball really well. Anytime you can keep this lineup in check like that is pretty special."
Not only are the D-backs riding a winning streak, they also have not trailed in 88 innings. The last time they faced a deficit was when they fell behind the Giants, 1-0, in the second inning on Aug. 25. The win helped the D-backs maintain their 6 1/2-game lead over the Rockies for the top National League Wild Card spot.
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The Dodgers, meanwhile, have lost nine of their last 10, including four straight. Despite that, they still hold a commanding 12 1/2-game lead over the D-backs for first place in the NL West. Rich Hill (9-7) took the loss after allowing two runs on two hits over six innings.
"I just feel that you just gotta keep playing," Roberts said. "It's not a lack of effort. We're doing the same thing we've been doing all year but the results are different. We got a very good pitching outing from Rich [Hill] tonight and their guy pitched even better."
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First of many: Hill seemed to be cruising along until the fourth when Kristopher Negron led off the inning with a single to left. One out later, Martinez hit the first of his four homers to give the D-backs a 2-0 lead. It marked the second straight game in which he'd played -- he was off Sunday -- that Martinez gave the D-backs a lead. Saturday night in Colorado his first-inning homer gave Arizona a 3-0 lead.
"It was really unreal," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said of Martinez. "It was an unbelievable day for J.D. Martinez."
Breaking it open: Even with Ray dominating, the Dodgers were still very much in the game, trailing just 2-0 through six innings. Martinez, though, led off the seventh with a homer and Brandon Drury followed with one of his own, touching off a four-run rally that gave the D-backs plenty of breathing room.
"We got our butts kicked, all around. We haven't had many games if any like that all year." --- Roberts, on the Dodgers' lopsided loss
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Ray's 14 strikeouts were the most by a D-backs pitcher since Randy Johnson fanned 15 Dodgers on Aug. 31, 2004.
The Dodgers' 13-0 loss to the D-backs was the largest shutout loss since June 25, 2004, vs. the Angels (13-0).
D-backs:Zack Greinke will get the start for the D-backs on Tuesday night as they take on the Dodgers at 7:10 p.m. MST. Greinke is tied with Zach Davies and Clayton Kershaw for the Major League lead in victories with 16.
Dodgers:Hyun-Jin Ryu gets the ball for the second game of the Dodgers' series against the D-backs. Ryu was roughed up for a season-high six runs and eight hits last Wednesday against the D-backs. First pitch is slated for 7:10 p.m. PT.
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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.
Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.