V-Mart matches career high with 25th homer

V-Mart matches career high with 25th homer

MINNEAPOLIS -- Victor Martinez doesn't focus his efforts on hitting the ball over the fence. In fact, his go-ahead RBI single, not his two-run insurance home run, might not have been his hardest hit of a four-RBI afternoon Sunday against the Twins.

An inning before Martinez launched a drive to left off Twins left-hander Brian Duensing, Martinez drilled a line drive to the same general area. The ball was low enough that it hit off the left-field wall, but hit hard enough that center fielder Danny Santana quickly got to the bounce after Jordan Schafer crashed into the wall and missed it.

Torii Hunter, who was on first base when the ball was hit, held up around second. Santana's throw came in quickly enough to shortstop that Hunter stopped, leaving Martinez scrambling around first base to retreat.

It was Martinez's second RBI single of the game. He has plenty of those. His home run, however, was his 25th, matching his career high from his 2007 season in Cleveland.

He has five weeks to add to the total.

"That means nothing," Martinez said. "I just keep trying to put in good at-bats and just put a good swing. I always say if you put a good swing, anything can happen. I was just happy to help the team and the ball didn't get caught."

The ratios show just how much of a different pace Martinez has had on home runs to reach this point. He averaged a home run every 22.5 at-bats in 2007, but entered Sunday averaging 18.3 at-bats per home run this season. Just under 10 percent of his fly balls were home runs in 2007; better than 11 percent of his fly balls have cleared the fence in 2014.

Martinez went 3-for-6 with four RBIs, one shy of his season high in RBIs set Wednesday at Tampa Bay. He's 10-for-23 over his last seven games with two home runs and 10 RBIs.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.