JD Martinez Watch: Slugger Hits a Grand Slam Thursday

Martinez hits 2 Marte homers in Diamondbacks 10-3 rout

The Cardinals are 6-2 in their last eight home games and I like them to earn a series split today. We never have to worry about his energy. In five starts so far in July, the big right-hander has surrendered just four runs over 30 2/3 innings (1.17 ERA). In his six games played since joining Arizona, Martinez has gone just 5-for-20 but has produced four home runs and 11 RBI.

"I've told you guys all along that I'm not going anywhere", he said. "I don't control it".

Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his sixth save in eight opportunities. The reliever proceeded to crash the vehicle immediately, allowing four runs - three earned - and three hits with a walk while retiring just one batter.

Ketel Marte doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Chris Iannetta in Arizona's two-run second.

Descalso was batting for second baseman Chris Owings, who fouled off Lynn's first pitch and broke the index finger of his right hand.

"He's got a ton of experience, nothing seems to faze him", Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. "He's one of the guys we turn to for leadership".

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NOTES: St. Louis LF Tommy Pham didn't start Sunday for the first time since the All-Star break.

By now, if you're an Arizona Diamondback fan, you're doing handstands about the recent acquisition of J.D. Martinez from the sinking Detroit Tigers.

Cardinals: OF Stephen Piscotty is expected to return to the team on Tuesday after a short rehab stint in Single-A Peoria.

Diamondbacks: Open a three-game series at Chicago on Tuesday against the Cubs.

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