Martinez moves up in NL Final Vote race
Trails only Reds' Cueto in latest update; polls close Friday
Carlos Martinez has surged into second place in the National League in the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote, overtaking Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in a race that has been tight from the outset.
Martinez shined in his final chance to further make his case Thursday night, when he shut out the Pirates over 7 1/3 innings in a 4-1 victory at PNC Park. Martinez extended his streak to 10 consecutive quality starts.
When he took the hill, the Cardinals' Twitter account helped Martinez's cause. In a "Let's Play #VoteTsunami" campaign, the Cardinals were asking the following from fans: 10 votes for a strikeout, 20 for a scoreless inning, and 25 for a three up, three down inning.
When the voting began Tuesday, Martinez had the lead, but a day later, he fell into third-place behind Reds starter Johnny Cueto (the current leader) and Tulowitzki.
While voting closes Friday at 3 p.m. CT, the race is far from over, with the top four players in the NL, including Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, separated by 1 percent.
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