Martinez’s 21st HR pro­pels BoSox

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - Baseball -

BOS­TON — J.D. Martinez hit a tiebreak­ing tworun homer, David Price pitched six solid in­nings to win his fifth straight de­ci­sion and the Bos­ton Red Sox re­bounded from a se­ries-open­ing loss with a 4-2 vic­tory over the Chicago White Sox on Satur­day.

Jackie Bradley Jr. added a solo shot for Bos­ton, which avoided ty­ing its sea­son­high three-game los­ing streak. The Red Sox lost 1-0 to the White Sox on Fri­day with ace left-han­der Chris Sale on the mound.

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.

Craig Kim­brel pitched a per­fect ninth for his 20th save.

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-year-old lefty started the sea­son on the dis­abled list af­ter left shoul­der surgery last Septem­ber.

Martinez hit his team­lead­ing 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 into the cen­ter field seats tied it af­ter Ed­uardo Nunez’s fielder’s choice grounder drove in a run.

Price gave up a run be­fore get­ting an out in the first when Abreu dou­bled off the Green Mon­ster af­ter a sin­gle and walk. Ke­van Smith’s ground­out scored the sec­ond run.


Red Sox: Man­ager Alex Cora said OF Mookie Betts (10-day dis­abled list, left ab­dom­i­nal strain) “ac­tu­ally felt bet­ter” af­ter tak­ing BP on the field. “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 a game 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.”


Three of Chicago’s in­field­ers made an er­ror: SS Tim An­der­son booted a grounder, and 2B Yoan Mon­cada and 1B Abreu each had one throw­ing.


Hall of Fame catcher Carl­ton Fisk was the for­mer Red Sox player hon­ored in the mid­dle of the third in­ning. He played with Bos­ton from 1969-80 and the White Sox from 1981-1993.

Each game, the Red Sox show high­lights of a past star and have him on the video board if they’re in town.

Omar Rawl­ings / Getty Images

Bos­ton’s J.D. Martinez, right, cel­e­brates with Ed­uardo Nunez af­ter hit­ting a two-run home run in the top of the fifth in­ning against the Chicago White Sox at Fen­way Park on Satur­day.

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