J.D.'s 16th September HR gives him 2 records

Slugger ties NL mark for most homers in September, breaks D-backs record for RBIs in any month

September 28th, 2017

PHOENIX -- Arizona players and coaches are running out of ways to describe the homers that J.D. Martinez hits and the impact that they've had in September. Luckily for them, he is leaving behind plenty of records to do the talking.

Martinez hit his 45th homer of the season in the ninth inning to spark the D-backs' 4-3 comeback win over the Giants at Chase Field on Wednesday. It was his fifth home run in the past six games and his 16th in September.

The solo shot -- projected at 430 feet, according to Statcast™ -- tied him with Ralph Kiner (1949) for the most home runs hit by a National League player in September. The homer also brought home his 36th RBI of the month, surpassing Luis Gonzalez's franchise record for most RBIs in a single month, which he set in June 2001.

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"Unbelievable," D-backs outfielder said. "This guy is unbelievable. I told him, 'Hey, you've got four at-bats without a homer,' and boom, next at-bat he hits a homer. How impressive is that?"

Martinez's 45 home runs are the third most in the Majors this season, and he didn't play in a game until May 12 due to injury. He is tied with for the Major League lead in homers after the All-Star break with 31, and he leads the Majors in RBIs after the All-Star break with 72.

Martinez is the seventh player in MLB history with 45 or more home runs through his first 116 games of the season. The last to reach that mark was Barry Bonds, when he tallied 54 in that span in 2001.

When Martinez is informed of a new mark that he has reached, he typically says that he is unaware of the record and is rather just focused on the moment.

"I really don't get too into that stuff," Martinez said. "It's cool. It's awesome. It's definitely a great accomplishment -- it's humbling. But I just don't really get caught up in all that stuff."