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Chris Iannetta homered twice and drove in a career-high eight runs and the Arizona Diamondbacks outslugged the Miami Marlins 13-11 on Friday night.
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Chris Iannetta has a career-high eight RBI tonight. He is the only player with multiple seven-RBI games this season and joins Jonathan Lucroy (2012) as the only catchers with multiple seven-RBI games in a season in MLB history. 15 of his 42 RBI have come in two games.
For Arizona, it's Archie Bradley and a whole bunch of question marks in the bullpen. At least one of Taijuan Walker or Patrick Corbin will be left out of the playoff rotation and could become a potential solution.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
The Dodgers avoided an embarrassing four-game sweep in Philly with a 5-4 win, cutting their magic number to one. The Diamondbacks are off tonight, so the Dodgers can clinch the NL West on Friday with a win at home against the Giants or a Diamondbacks loss to Miami. Other magic numbers: Yankees: 3 (to clinch wild card) Diamondbacks: 4 (to clinch wild card) Red Sox: 8 (to clinch AL East) Cubs: 8 (to clinch NL Central)
Just dingers for Martinez
J.D. Martinez hit a game-tying two-run home run in the sixth inning in the Diamondbacks' 13-7 win over the Padres on Wednesday. Martinez's homer was his 25th since joining Arizona on July 19. He is the ninth player in major league history to hit 25 or more homers for a team after playing for another team earlier in the season, and the first to do so since 1999, when Tony Batista blasted 26 long balls for the Blue Jays after he was acquired from the Diamondbacks on July 18 of that year. (Elias Sports Bureau)
Buster Olney recaps Wednesday's MLB action, including a terrible moment at Yankee Stadium, Chris Sale's 300th K and the battle of attrition in the NL wild-card chase.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
The Dodgers had a chance to clinch the NL West on Wednesday, but instead suffered a third straight loss to the lowly Phillies, who will go for the series sweep on Thursday. The Dodgers are 5-20 over their past 25 games and their magic number remains at two. The Red Sox did clinch at least a wild-card spot with their win and the Angels' loss. Other magic numbers: Red Sox: 8 (to win AL East) Cubs: 8 (to win NL Central) Yankees: 3 (to clinch wild card) Diamondbacks: 4 (to clinch wild card)
The Diamondbacks scored 11 runs in the final four innings to overcome Hunter Renfroe's three homers, as the NL wild-card leaders beat the Padres 13-7.
Chris Iannetta might be the most unlikely No. 2 hitter on a playoff team. But at 34 years old, he's hitting better than he has in years, especially against lefties.
Angry that Zack Greinke refused to sign an autograph for him, Rockies reliever Pat Neshek blasted the Diamondbacks ace on a message board, writing that Greinke backed out on a promise he made at the All-Star Game.
Paul Goldschmidt is one of the NL's best MVP candidates on a playoff-contending team. But J.D. Martinez's home runs since arriving in Arizona may have overshadowed him.
Rockies' wild-card grip slipping?
Arizona is all but locked into a spot, but Colorado has opened the window after being in position all season. FiveThirtyEight's metrics give the Brewers about 3-to-1 odds to claim the final wild-card berth, with an outside chance for the Cardinals to sneak in.
Travis Wood pitched six efficient innings and contributed two RBI as the San Diego Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 on Tuesday night.
J.D. Martinez needs to prove his age isn't the most important number, while Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta try to show they're still worth ace money.
Jake Lamb has struggled against left-handers, and it could cost the D-backs third baseman some at-bats in the postseason.
Hunter Renfroe hit a three-run home run in his first game back from Triple-A and Austin Hedges also connected for the San Diego Padres, who beat NL wild-card leader Arizona 4-2 on Monday night.
Can anybody slow down J.D. Martinez?
For the second week in a row, Martinez captured NL Player of the Week honors. This instance marks his fourth weekly award of the season, the first time any player has claimed that many since MLB began naming weekly award winners in 1973 (1975 in the AL).
Plenty of names are in the mix, but Paul Goldschmidt might be primed to finally take home the hardware after second-place finishes in 2013 and '15.
The Diamondbacks -- and J.D. Martinez -- are still hot this month, but two other teams on the rise knocked them out of the top five in the rankings.
Pablo Sandoval homered and drove in three runs, rookie Chris Stratton pitched six strong innings and the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-2 on Sunday.
On Base Percentage.32813th
Earned Run Average3.664th