Martinez’s 21st homer ral­lies Red Sox

Price wins fifth straight de­ci­sion; Bradley also goes deep for Bos­ton

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL - Bos­ton

J.D. Martinez hit a tiebreak­ing two-run homer, David Price pitched six solid in­nings to win his fifth straight de­ci­sion and the Bos­ton Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2 on Satur­day.

“I re­ally don’t feel like he’s got­ten that hot, as hot as I’ve seen him get,” said Price, who played with Martinez in parts of the 2014 and ’15 sea­sons. “He can get hot­ter.”

Jackie Bradley Jr. added a solo shot for Bos­ton, which avoided ty­ing its sea­son-high three-game skid. The Red Sox lost 1-0 to the White Sox on Fri­day.

Jose Abreu had an RBI dou­ble for the White Sox, who had won five of eight.

Price (7-4) held Chicago score­less af­ter al­low­ing two runs in the first. He gave up five hits, struck out six and walked three, im­prov­ing to 5-0 in his past six starts with a 2.89 ERA.

Car­los Rodon took the loss in his sea­son de­but, giv­ing up four runs — two earned — and six hits, strik­ing out seven and walk­ing two in five in­nings. The 24-yearold lefty started the sea­son on the dis­abled list af­ter left shoul­der surgery last Septem­ber.

Martinez hit his team-lead­ing 21st homer two in­nings af­ter look­ing com­pletely fooled with an awk­ward swing on a high, 93 mph fast­ball. This time, the slug­ger hit a hang­ing changeup into Bos­ton’s bullpen, push­ing the Red Sox ahead 4-2 in the fifth.

Bos­ton had erased a 2-0 deficit by scor­ing a run in the first and sec­ond. Bradley’s homer to cen­ter tied it af­ter Ed­uardo Nunez drove in a run with a fielder’s choice.

Price gave up a run be­fore get­ting an out in the first when Abreu dou­bled af­ter a sin­gle and walk.

Trainer’s room

Red Sox: Man­ager Alex Cora said OF Mookie Betts (10-day DL, left ab­dom­i­nal strain) “ac­tu­ally felt bet­ter” af­ter tak­ing BP. “If ev­ery­thing goes well, we’ll do it again to­mor­row,” Cora said.

“He seems like now he’s gain­ing mo­men­tum.” The plan is likely for him to play on a re­hab as­sign­ment. ... The news wasn’t as good for 2B Dustin Pe­droia (DL, left knee in­flam­ma­tion). Cora said his base­ball ac­tiv­i­ties are be­ing “lim­ited.”

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J.D. Martinez cel­e­brates af­ter hit­ting a two-run homer in Bos­ton’s 4-2 win over Chicago on Satur­day.

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