J.D. Martinez hits 21st HR as Red Sox beat White Sox 4-2

BOSTON (AP) J.D. Martinez looked bad on a swing, went to the video, took some hacks in the cage and made sure he didn't miss his pitch the next time up.

Martinez hit a tiebreaking two-run 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.

''Whatever it is that I want to work on, I go in the cage and work on it before my next at-bat,'' said Martinez, who hit his team-leading 21st homer. ''I felt like early in the game I was jumping off my back side. I was just kind of going into the cage and working on staying on my back side, not twisting.''

After looking completely fooled with an awkward swing to strike out on a high, 93 mph fastball in the third inning, the slugger hit a hanging changeup into Boston's bullpen, pushing the Red Sox ahead 4-2 in the fifth. It marked a promising return to the lineup after Martinez sat out Friday night's 1-0 loss to rest his achy back.

''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 losing streak. The Red Sox on Friday with ace left-hander Chris Sale on the mound.

Jose Abreu had an RBI double for the White Sox.

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.

''I was just happy to get through it and be healthy,'' he said. ''Obviously wish I would've made some better pitches and got ahead of guys. I fell behind, led to some more pitches.''

Three of Chicago's infielders made an error: shortstop Tim Anderson booted a grounder, and second baseman Yoan Moncada and first baseman Abreu each had one throwing.

''To be honest, I thought we just didn't help him defensively,'' manager Rick Renteria said.

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.

TRAINER'S ROOM

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.''

WORE BOTH SOXS

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.

GET SOME ICE

Cora joked about the coaches having to pitch to Martinez in the cage behind the dugout during games.

''There's a few sore arms on the coaching staff throwing during the game,'' he said. ''But we're happy, there's plenty of ice for them after the game.''

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Reynaldo Lopez (1-4, 3.42 ERA) is scheduled to make his first career start against the Red Sox in the series finale Sunday. He's 0-3 with a 4.86 ERA in seven road starts this season.

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (8-2, 3.59) looks to keep his solid season going before Boston heads out on a 10-game road trip.

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  • W: D. Price (7-4)L: C. Rodon (0-1)S: C. Kimbrel (20)
  • HR: BOS - J. Martinez (21), J. Bradley (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Anderson SS41100011.242.303.443.7451.5
J. Rondon 3B21100100.267.313.533.8463.0
a- Y. Sanchez PH-3B10100000.279.315.425.7403.0
J. Abreu 1B40110012.295.351.519.8702.5
M. Davidson DH20000212.231.361.487.8481.5
K. Smith C40210003.438.438.500.9383.0
Y. Moncada 2B40000024.233.308.419.727-1.0
T. Thompson CF40000030.126.178.234.412-1.5
D. Palka RF30000130.258.294.508.802-0.5
C. Tilson LF30000001.220.250.244.4940.0
  • a-tripled for Rondon in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Benintendi LF31000122.294.375.546.9211.0
X. Bogaerts SS41100001.283.337.513.8502.0
J. Martinez DH41221012.318.376.6571.0337.5
E. Nunez 2B30100112.256.276.370.6463.5
S. Travis 1B40000024.167.231.167.397-1.0
M. Moreland 1B00000000.295.358.596.9550.0
R. Devers 3B40100003.230.282.400.6821.0
C. Vazquez C40200001.206.255.284.5382.0
B. Swihart RF30000022.150.227.183.411-1.0
B. Holt RF10000011.303.381.444.825-0.5
J. Bradley CF31111022.197.294.309.6035.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Abreu (24)
    • 3B - Y. Sanchez (7)
    • RBI - J. Abreu (37), K. Smith (2)
    BATTING
    • HR - J. Martinez (21), J. Bradley (3)
    • RBI - J. Martinez 2 (54), J. Bradley (13)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Bradley (5)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - E. Nunez (4)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Moncada-Abreu)
    • E - J. Abreu (6), T. Anderson (11), Y. Moncada (6)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Bogaerts-Nunez-Travis; Nunez-Bogaerts-Travis)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Rodon (L, 0-1)5.06422723.601.603.5
    X. Cedeno1.00000300.000.504.5
    C. Volstad1.11000003.901.392.0
    L. Avilan0.21000103.441.47-0.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Rodon (L, 0-1)5.0
    X. Cedeno1.0
    C. Volstad1.1
    L. Avilan0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Price (W, 7-4)6.05223604.001.2521.0
    J. Kelly (H, 12)1.00000202.860.924.0
    M. Barnes (H, 15)1.01001101.951.051.5
    C. Kimbrel (S, 20)1.00000202.000.7811.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Price (W, 7-4)6.0
    J. Kelly (H, 12)1.0
    M. Barnes (H, 15)1.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 20)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Rodon, L. Avilan
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Rodon 97-63, X. Cedeno 15-9, C. Volstad 20-13, L. Avilan 11-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Rodon 8-2, C. Volstad 3-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Rodon 25, X. Cedeno 3, C. Volstad 4, L. Avilan 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 86-56, J. Kelly 11-8, M. Barnes 13-8, C. Kimbrel 15-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 7-3, J. Kelly 1-0, M. Barnes 1-1
    • Batters Faced - D. Price 24, J. Kelly 3, M. Barnes 5, C. Kimbrel 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Anderson SS41100011.242.303.443.7451.5
    J. Rondon 3B21100100.267.313.533.8463.0
    a- Y. Sanchez PH-3B10100000.279.315.425.7403.0
    J. Abreu 1B40110012.295.351.519.8702.5
    M. Davidson DH20000212.231.361.487.8481.5
    K. Smith C40210003.438.438.500.9383.0
    Y. Moncada 2B40000024.233.308.419.727-1.0
    T. Thompson CF40000030.126.178.234.412-1.5
    D. Palka RF30000130.258.294.508.802-0.5
    C. Tilson LF30000001.220.250.244.4940.0
    Total31262041113-----
    • a-tripled for Rondon in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Benintendi LF31000122.294.375.546.9211.0
    X. Bogaerts SS41100001.283.337.513.8502.0
    J. Martinez DH41221012.318.376.6571.0337.5
    E. Nunez 2B30100112.256.276.370.6463.5
    S. Travis 1B40000024.167.231.167.397-1.0
    M. Moreland 1B00000000.295.358.596.9550.0
    R. Devers 3B40100003.230.282.400.6821.0
    C. Vazquez C40200001.206.255.284.5382.0
    B. Swihart RF30000022.150.227.183.411-1.0
    B. Holt RF10000011.303.381.444.825-0.5
    J. Bradley CF31111022.197.294.309.6035.0
    Total33483221120-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Abreu (24)
      • 3B - Y. Sanchez (7)
      • RBI - J. Abreu (37), K. Smith (2)
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Martinez (21), J. Bradley (3)
      • RBI - J. Martinez 2 (54), J. Bradley (13)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Bradley (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - E. Nunez (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Moncada-Abreu)
      • E - J. Abreu (6), T. Anderson (11), Y. Moncada (6)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Bogaerts-Nunez-Travis; Nunez-Bogaerts-Travis)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Rodon (L, 0-1)5.06422723.601.603.5
      X. Cedeno1.00000300.000.504.5
      C. Volstad1.11000003.901.392.0
      L. Avilan0.21000103.441.47-0.5
      Total8.08422112---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Rodon (L, 0-1)5.0
      X. Cedeno1.0
      C. Volstad1.1
      L. Avilan0.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Price (W, 7-4)6.05223604.001.2521.0
      J. Kelly (H, 12)1.00000202.860.924.0
      M. Barnes (H, 15)1.01001101.951.051.5
      C. Kimbrel (S, 20)1.00000202.000.7811.0
      Total9.06224110---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Price (W, 7-4)6.0
      J. Kelly (H, 12)1.0
      M. Barnes (H, 15)1.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 20)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Rodon, L. Avilan
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Rodon 97-63, X. Cedeno 15-9, C. Volstad 20-13, L. Avilan 11-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Rodon 8-2, C. Volstad 3-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Rodon 25, X. Cedeno 3, C. Volstad 4, L. Avilan 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 86-56, J. Kelly 11-8, M. Barnes 13-8, C. Kimbrel 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 7-3, J. Kelly 1-0, M. Barnes 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Price 24, J. Kelly 3, M. Barnes 5, C. Kimbrel 3
      • 5TH INNING
        Martinez homered to right center, Bogaerts scored24
      • 2ND INNING
        Bradley homered to center22
      • 1ST INNING
        Martinez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Benintendi scored, Bogaerts out at second on 2nd baseman Moncada fielding error21
        Smith grounded out to second, Rondon scored, Abreu to third20
        Abreu doubled to left center, Anderson scored, Rondon to third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Mitch Moreland at first base
        • Craig Kimbrel relieved Matt Barnes
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moncada flied out to left
        • T. Thompson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Thompson struck out swinging
        • D. Palka: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Palka struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Matt Barnes relieved Joe Kelly
        • T. Anderson: Anderson grounded out to third
        • Yolmer Sanchez hit for Jose Rondon
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez tripled to deep center
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
        • M. Davidson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davidson walked
        • K. Smith: Smith flied out to right
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Volstad Pitching:
        • S. Travis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Travis grounded out to second
        • Luis Avilan relieved Chris Volstad
        • R. Devers: Ball, Strike looking, Devers popped out to third
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Vazquez singled to shallow right
        • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Vazquez to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Holt struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Brock Holt in right field
        • Joe Kelly relieved David Price
        • T. Thompson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Thompson struck out swinging
        • D. Palka: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
        • C. Tilson: Ball, Tilson grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Chris Volstad relieved Xavier Cedeno
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez singled to left
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Nunez grounded into double play second to first, Martinez out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • J. Rondon: Strike looking, Rondon singled to center
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Abreu grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Rondon out at second
        • M. Davidson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Davidson walked
        • K. Smith: Ball, Smith singled to right center, Davidson to third
        • Y. Moncada: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Xavier Cedeno relieved Carlos Rodon
        • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Swihart struck out swinging
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • D. Palka: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Palka struck out looking
        • C. Tilson: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Tilson lined out to right
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Bogaerts safe at first on 1st baseman Abreu fielding error
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Martinez homered to right center, Bogaerts scored
        • E. Nunez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Nunez walked
        • S. Travis: Strike looking, Nunez stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Travis grounded out to first, Nunez to third
        • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Ball, Devers reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Nunez out at home
        • C. Vazquez: Vazquez grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • K. Smith: Ball, Smith singled to left
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Moncada grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Smith out at second
        • T. Thompson: Thompson grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • R. Devers: Devers singled to center
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Vazquez singled to left, Devers to third
        • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Swihart struck out looking
        • J. Bradley: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • J. Rondon: Foul, Rondon fouled out to catcher
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Abreu grounded out to third
        • M. Davidson: Ball, Davidson grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts singled to center
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • E. Nunez: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • S. Travis: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Travis struck out looking
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • T. Thompson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Thompson struck out swinging
        • D. Palka: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Palka walked
        • C. Tilson: Strike looking, Tilson reached on fielder's choice to second, Palka out at second
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Anderson flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • C. Vazquez: Vazquez flied out to right
        • B. Swihart: Ball, Ball, Foul, Swihart flied out to right
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Bradley homered to center
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Price Pitching:
        • T. Anderson: Foul, Anderson singled to left
        • J. Rondon: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rondon walked, Anderson to second
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Abreu doubled to left center, Anderson scored, Rondon to third
        • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Davidson struck out looking
        • K. Smith: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith grounded out to second, Rondon scored, Abreu to third
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi walked
        • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Benintendi to second on shortstop Anderson fielding error
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martinez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Benintendi scored, Bogaerts out at second on 2nd baseman Moncada fielding error
        • E. Nunez: Strike (foul tip), Nunez singled to center, Martinez to second
        • S. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Travis struck out swinging
        • R. Devers: Foul, Ball, Ball, Martinez to third, Nunez to second on wild pitch, Devers grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)