- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Jeff Samardzija got in trouble once again in the first inning, and managed to get out while allowing just one run.

Later, the Detroit Tigers really tagged him.

Yoenis Cespedes and J.D. Martinez homered during a three-run sixth to power the Tigers past the Chicago White Sox 6-4 on Sunday.

Samardzija (4-4) gave up six runs and 10 hits in 7 1-3 innings. He has struggled badly in the first, permitting a majors-high 17 runs in the opening inning.

That inning, however, wasn’t why Chicago wound up dropping the three-game series.

“They put a couple over the fence. That was the difference,” Samardzija said. “We keep those in the park, get a couple outs there, it’s a different game. That’s the story - two homers.”

Afer Tyler Collins’ RBI single put the Tigers ahead in the top of the first, Avisail Garcia hit a three-run homer in the bottom half. All of those Chicago runs were unearned after first baseman Miguel Cabrera committed a two-out error.

Adam Eaton’s RBI triple added to the White Sox lead in the second, but Samardzija and Chicago couldn’t hold it.

Cespedes cut Detroit’s deficit to 4-3 with a solo shot, his eighth. Two batters later, Martinez hit a two-run drive, his 10th.

Cespedes added an RBI single in the eighth.

“This is a tough lineup and they got him,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.

Alfredo Simon (6-3) struck out seven and allowed one earned run in eight innings. Joakim Soria earned his 16th save in 18 chances.

Detroit finished with 10 hits after getting 18 on Saturday. The middle of the order - Cespedes, Collins and Martinez - combined for eight hits and six RBIs.

The Tigers have won consecutive games after dropping eight straight, their longest skid since 2005.

Chicago’s also looking for things to improve.

“Just got to work hard and keep your nose to the grindstone and just keep playing,” Samardzija said.

BACK AGAIN

White Sox television play-by-play broadcaster Ken Harrelson returned to the booth Sunday after he missed the previous 12 games due to a minor surgical procedure.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: The team has not announced when RHP Justin Verlander (triceps strain) will make his next start. He struck out nine and allowed an unearned run in 5 2-3 innings Saturday in possibly his final rehab assignment at Triple-A Toledo. Manager Brad Ausmus said he was waiting to hear from Verlander about how he felt.

White Sox: LHP Dan Jennings went on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation on the left side of his neck. The move is retroactive to Friday. He is 1-2 with a 7.83 ERA in 22 relief appearances. . Chicago purchased the contract of RHP Junior Guerra from Triple-A Charlotte. Guerra has yet to appear in the majors and is 2-6 with a 2.72 ERA in 12 games between Charlotte and Double-A Birmingham.

FINALLY

The call to the major leagues was clearly meaningful for Guerra, who hadn’t pitched in affiliated baseball since 2008. “It’s a very special moment,” Guerra said through a translator.

UP NEXT

Tigers: After an off-day Monday, RHP Anibal Sanchez (3-7, 5.69 ERA) will start Tuesday to open a two-game interleague series against the Chicago Cubs.

White Sox: LHP Chris Sale (5-2, 3.27) starts Monday in the opener of a three-game series against the Houston Astros.

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