Victor Martinez Becomes 280th Player with 1,000 Career RBI

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffApril 21, 2016

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 12: Victor Martinez #41 of the Detroit Tigers scores on the double by J.D. Martinez (not in photo) during the sixth inning of the inter-league game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 12, 2016 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez recorded the 1,000th RBI of his career during Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals, and it made him the 280th player to reach the milestone, per Baseball-Reference.com.

After fouling out and flying out in his first two plate appearances of the contest, Martinez came to bat in the top of the sixth inning with two outs and runners on first and second.

With the count knotted up at 2-2, he smacked a line-drive single to left-center field, putting the ball just out of the reach of Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar.

The RBI single gave Detroit a 2-0 lead that would eventually stretch to 3-0 before the Royals rallied with a pair of solo home runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Though he finished his night with just one hit in four at-bats, the 37-year-old Martinez has thus far bounced back strong from a poor 2015 campaign, as he owns a .263 batting average, .349 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage through 13 games.

Furthermore, he's just the fifth Venezuelan-born player to record 1,000 career RBI. He joins Andres Galarraga, Bobby Abreu, Magglio Ordonez and, of course, teammate Miguel Cabrera, per ESPN Stats & Info.

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