• J.D. Martinez on his hot streak, D-Backs' win over Giants

    J.D. Martinez on his hot streak, D-Backs’ win over Giants

  • Robbie Ray after win vs. Giants

    Robbie Ray after win vs. Giants

  • Zack Godley after loss vs. Giants

    Zack Godley after loss vs. Giants

  • Paul Goldschmidt after D-Backs clinch wild card spot

    Paul Goldschmidt after D-Backs clinch wild card spot

  • D-Backs celebrate walk-off win over Miami

    D-Backs celebrate walk-off win over Miami

  • Diamondbacks celebrate playoff berth

    Diamondbacks celebrate playoff berth

  • Fernando Rodney on his 300th career save

    Fernando Rodney on his 300th career save

  • Chris Iannetta on his 8-RBI night in D-Backs' win

    Chris Iannetta on his 8-RBI night in D-Backs’ win

  • Archie Bradley answers questions from reporters – and J.D. Martinez

    Archie Bradley answers questions from reporters – and J.D. Martinez

  • Torey Lovullo after D-Backs avoid sweep in San Diego

    Torey Lovullo after D-Backs avoid sweep in San Diego

  • Torey Lovullo on recent offensive struggles after loss to Padres

    Torey Lovullo on recent offensive struggles after loss to Padres

  • A.J. Pollock on his two-homer game vs. Padres

    A.J. Pollock on his two-homer game vs. Padres

  • D-Backs' Zack Godley after loss to Padres

    D-Backs’ Zack Godley after loss to Padres

  • Patrick Corbin on mistakes vs. Padres

    Patrick Corbin on mistakes vs. Padres

  • Torey Lovullo on D-Backs' loss to Padres

    Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ loss to Padres

  • Taijuan Walker on shaky outing vs. Giants

    Taijuan Walker on shaky outing vs. Giants

  • Torey Lovullo after loss to Giants

    Torey Lovullo after loss to Giants

  • Zack Greinke after 2-0 win over Giants

    Zack Greinke after 2-0 win over Giants

  • Torey Lovullo on Greinke's dominant start vs. Giants

    Torey Lovullo on Greinke’s dominant start vs. Giants

  • Robbie Ray after 10-strikeout game vs. Giants

    Robbie Ray after 10-strikeout game vs. Giants

  • Archie Bradley on baseball and beards

    Archie Bradley on baseball and beards

  • Torey Lovullo on Pollock's two-run double, Ray's outing

    Torey Lovullo on Pollock’s two-run double, Ray’s outing

  • Shot Clock: D-Backs' Archie Bradley talks football

    Shot Clock: D-Backs’ Archie Bradley talks football

  • Zack Godley on his outing against the Rockies

    Zack Godley on his outing against the Rockies

  • Torey Lovullo on big win over Rockies

    Torey Lovullo on big win over Rockies

  • Paul Goldschmidt downplays his 1,000th career hit

    Paul Goldschmidt downplays his 1,000th career hit

  • Lovullo discusses his team's win over the Rockies

    Lovullo discusses his team’s win over the Rockies

  • D-Backs' A.J. Pollock on his three-hit night

    D-Backs’ A.J. Pollock on his three-hit night

  • Patrick Corbin on his outing against the Rockies

    Patrick Corbin on his outing against the Rockies

  • Shot Clock: D-Backs stay ahead of Rockies?

    Shot Clock: D-Backs stay ahead of Rockies?

  • Torey Lovullo on loss to Rockies

    Torey Lovullo on loss to Rockies

  • J.D. Martinez following D-Backs' loss to Rockies

    J.D. Martinez following D-Backs’ loss to Rockies

  • Taijuan Walker on his outing against the Rockies

    Taijuan Walker on his outing against the Rockies

  • Diamondbacks' rally falls short against Rockies

    Diamondbacks’ rally falls short against Rockies

  • Robbie Ray on his outing vs. Padres

    Robbie Ray on his outing vs. Padres

  • Manager Torey Lovullo on D-Backs' win, Bradley's save

    Manager Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ win, Bradley’s save

  • Diamondbacks react to 'tough' loss to Padres

    Diamondbacks react to ‘tough’ loss to Padres

  • Coyotes take batting practice at Chase Field

    Coyotes take batting practice at Chase Field

  • Torey Lovullo on the end of the D-Backs' win streak

    Torey Lovullo on the end of the D-Backs’ win streak

  • Paul Goldschmidt says his elbow is structurally sound

    Paul Goldschmidt says his elbow is structurally sound

  • Zack Greinke after D-Backs' win over Dodgers

    Zack Greinke after D-Backs’ win over Dodgers

  • Torey Lovullo on D-Backs' record-tying 12th consecutive win

    Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ record-tying 12th consecutive win

  • Shot Clock: JD rocks LA; Cards chase Seattle

    Shot Clock: JD rocks LA; Cards chase Seattle

  • J.D. Martinez on his four-homer night vs. Dodgers

    J.D. Martinez on his four-homer night vs. Dodgers

  • Paul Goldschmidt talks about his sore right elbow

    Paul Goldschmidt talks about his sore right elbow

  • Torey Lovullo on J.D. Martinez's four-homer performance

    Torey Lovullo on J.D. Martinez’s four-homer performance

  • Robbie Ray after striking out career-high 14 vs. Dodgers

    Robbie Ray after striking out career-high 14 vs. Dodgers

  • Torey Lovullo on D-Backs' 10th consecutive win

    Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ 10th consecutive win

  • Zack Godley on wild yet effective outing vs. Rockies

    Zack Godley on wild yet effective outing vs. Rockies

The Diamondbacks’ regulars were back in the lineup against the Giants, but the buzz remained absent from Chase Field on Tuesday night. Call it the calm before the wild-card-game storm, but it had the feel of a game that did not matter – which, of course, it didn’t.

J.D. Martinez does not like that way of thinking. He does not like the inevitable path it takes a player down, that of a long waiting game until the playoffs begin and the flipping of the proverbial switch. He does not believe in the switch.

“Now is not the time to say, ‘Oh, OK, we just have to finish these last four games out,’ ” Martinez said. “No, no, no, no, no. I’m not a believer in that switch. I think we’ve got to go. We’ve got to get going. So when the bell rings we’re clicking on all cylinders.”

The Diamondbacks looked pretty sharp in an 11-4 win over the San Francisco Giants, none more so than Martinez, who turned in another monster performance. He doubled home two runs in the first. He launched a grand slam in the second. He laced a screaming, line-drive single (exit velocity: 110 mph) in the fourth. The six RBIs pushed his season total to 103, establishing a new career high.

His performance since joining the Diamondbacks in July continues to border on the unbelievable. He is hitting .303 with 28 homers and 64 RBIs with his new team. Tuesday night marked just his 58th game with the Diamondbacks.

“What can you say about him?” manager Torey Lovullo said. “It just keeps going on and on and on.”

Robbie Ray threw five innings in what was perhaps both a bounce-back outing and a final tuneup. Lovullo was evasive as to whether Ray would pitch again; his fifth day would land on Sunday, and if he doesn’t pitch then – and if the Diamondbacks advance to the division series and he’s slated to start Game 1, as expected – then he could go 10 days without pitching.

“I’ll just go through my normal routine and I’ll stay prepared,” Ray said. “Whenever they call my name, I’ll be ready whenever that is. From here on out, it’s crunch time.”

Ray, who was roughed by the Padres in San Diego last week, was limited to just 80 pitches as the Diamondbacks are paring back on their starters’ workloads to make sure they’re strong for the postseason.

Archie Bradley, however, saw his workload increase. He threw 38 pitches in 1 2/3 innings, an indication of how the Diamondbacks might use him in the playoffs.

“We’re trying to prepare in every way that we possibly can and every scenario that may come up in a one-game, all-in moment,” Lovullo said.

Martinez believes part of that preparation is in not coasting to the finish line.

“I feel like now is when you start getting hot,” Martinez said. “Now is the time to get it going. We had that run at the beginning of the month where we won 13 straight. (But) I feel like now is the time when you want to get on that run. That’s a message that all of us need to take in. Now is the time to go.”

NOTES: Zack Greinke pushed back to line up for NL wild-card game start

RELATED: Diamondbacks could loosen reins on Archie Bradley in October

MORE: D-Backs’ focus shifts to handling Greinke ahead of wild-card game start

Reach Piecoro at (602) 444-8680 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @nickpiecoro.

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Wednesday’s game

Giants at Diamondbacks

When: 12:40 p.m.

Where: Chase Field (Roof hotline: 602-462-6262).

Pitchers: Diamondbacks RHP Braden Shipley (0-1, 5.40) vs. Giants RHP Jeff Samardzija (9-15, 4.51).

TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-AM (98.7), KSUN-AM (1400).

Shipley takes the ball in place of RHP Zack Greinke, whose start was pushed to Friday to better line him up for next week’s wild card game. … Shipley has made four appearances in relief this month, giving up one run on four hits and a walk in 4 2/3 innings. … He has started two games, giving up eight runs (seven earned) in nine innings, with both starts coming in May and June. … Samardzija gave up four runs in 4 1/3 innings on Friday against the Dodgers. … He had a strong eight-start stretch from July 26 through Sept. 2, when he logged a 2.60 ERA in 55 1/3 innings. … In four starts against the Diamondbacks this season, Samardzija has a 5.13 ERA. He faced them on Sept. 15, giving up three runs in eight innings in a 3-2 loss.

Coming up

Thursday: Off.

Friday: At Kansas City, 5:15 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (17-6, 3.18) vs. Royals RHP Ian Kennedy (4-13, 5.50).

Saturday: At Kansas City, 4:15 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (9-9, 3.54) vs. Royals RHP Jake Junis (8-3, 4.39).

Sunday: At Kansas City, 12:15 p.m., Diamondbacks TBA vs. Royals LHP Jason Vargas (17-10, 4.03).