Ketel Marte heating up as D-Backs win again

Four years ago, the Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte received a contract extension late in spring training, tried to prove he was worthy of it and struggled for the season’s first two months. He admitted on Monday that history might have been repeating itself. Only this time, Marte seems to be turning things around in much shorter order.

Marte played well on both sides of the ball on Monday night, helping the Diamondbacks roll along with a 4-3 victory over the Miami Marlins at Chase Field. The win was their 10th in their past 13 games, improving their record, at 16-14, to two games over .500 for the first time this season.

In the sixth, Marte clobbered a fastball over the pool area in right field for his second home run of the year. It was perhaps the best swing he has put on a ball this season. Then in the ninth, he started a game-ending double play on a ball hit sharply to his left — the same sort of play he had been unable to make on multiple occasions over the past month.

“He’s the best of the best,” left fielder David Peralta said. “It was just a matter of time for him to lock in and do his stuff.”

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