As much as symmetry and the mighty dollar, the reason baseball seasons are 162 games long is players like J.D. Martinez.

There will be highs like his first three weeks, which were probably a lie, and lows like his last three weeks, which also were probably a lie.

Life as a ballplayer is a series of corrections, both self-imposed and probability-imposed, and for Martinez, the latest correction was to a 6-for-57 slump he had been riding since April 28.

Martinez hit the go-ahead triple on a bloop down the right-field line and finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs as the Astros swept the Chicago Cubs with a 5-1 victory Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park.