Martinez’s 21st homer rallies Red Sox
Price wins fifth straight decision; Bradley also goes deep for 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.
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.”
J.D. Martinez celebrates after hitting a two-run homer in Boston’s 4-2 win over Chicago on Saturday.