Martinez moves up in NL Final Vote race

Trails only Reds' Cueto in latest update; polls close Friday

Martinez moves up in NL Final Vote race

Carlos Martinez has surged into second place in the National League in the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote, overtaking Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in a race that has been tight from the outset.

Cast your Esurance Final Vote for Martinez

Martinez shined in his final chance to further make his case Thursday night, when he shut out the Pirates over 7 1/3 innings in a 4-1 victory at PNC Park. Martinez extended his streak to 10 consecutive quality starts.

When he took the hill, the Cardinals' Twitter account helped Martinez's cause. In a "Let's Play #VoteTsunami" campaign, the Cardinals were asking the following from fans: 10 votes for a strikeout, 20 for a scoreless inning, and 25 for a three up, three down inning.

When the voting began Tuesday, Martinez had the lead, but a day later, he fell into third-place behind Reds starter Johnny Cueto (the current leader) and Tulowitzki.

While voting closes Friday at 3 p.m. CT, the race is far from over, with the top four players in the NL, including Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, separated by 1 percent.

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Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.