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Martinez, Cespedes power Tigers past White Sox

Jun 7, 2015 - 11:50 PM Chicago, IL ( - J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes both homered to help the Detroit Tigers to a 6-4 win over the Chicago White Sox in the finale of a three-game set.

Martinez had three RBI and Cespedes drove in two for the Tigers, who followed up David Price's complete game on Saturday for their second straight win since a season-long eight-game skid.

Alfredo Simon (6-3) earned the win after allowing four runs -- one earned -- with seven strikeouts over eight innings.

Tyler Collins went 3-for-3 with two runs scored in the win.

"It's nice, mainly to win the series, after losing a tough one on the first night here," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "Hit the ball well last night and didn't cave today."

Chicago starter Jeff Samardzija (4-4) was tagged for six runs on 10 hits in 7 1/3 frames.

Collins contributed an RBI single in the first inning to give Detroit an early 1-0 lead.

That margin would not last as Chicago responded with three in the home first thanks to a costly error by Miguel Cabrera. Jose Abreu singled with two outs and Adam LaRoche reached first on Cabrera's fielding error. Avisail Garcia followed with his sixth homer of the year to make it 3-1.

"It was nice jumping out early," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Not a lot of real good swings after that."

The White Sox received another two-out run in the second when Carlos Sanchez walked and scored on Adam Eaton's triple to left.

The Tigers cut into the deficit in the fourth on Martinez's RBI knock that scored Collins.

Detroit quickly regained the lead on two swings of the bat in the sixth. Cespedes poked his eighth homer of the season after Cabrera grounded into a double play, then Martinez sent a two-run homer to center for a 5-4 lead later in the inning.

Cespedes chased Ian Kinsler home in the eighth with a single to make it 6-4.

Joakim Soria entered in the ninth and recorded his 16th save of the season.

Game Notes

Chicago has dropped three of its last four ... Cabrera's error was his first of the season ... Cespedes, Collins, Martinez and Kinsler were the only players in Detroit's lineup to record a hit ... The White Sox went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.