Ex-Detroit Tiger J.D. Martinez homers 4 times in 1 game vs. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Lou Gehrig and Mike Schmidt did it. So did All-Star sluggers Josh Hamilton, Carlos Delgado and Gil Hodges.

Add J.D. Martinez’s name to the list of players with four home runs in a game.

The former Detroit Tigers player’s power show tied a major league record and jolted Dodger Stadium on a warm, unusually muggy Monday night. He struck out his first time up for Arizona, and then connected four times in a row in the Diamondbacks’ 13-0 victory, including the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

“It’s one of those things where, when you work really hard, you kind of just find that perfect swing,” the Cuban outfielder said.

Martinez became the 18th player in big league history to accomplish the feat and first for Arizona.