Jeimer Candelario had three hits and Akil Baddoo drove in two runs as Detroit built a big lead, and the Tigers withstood Jose Abreu's three-run homer in the ninth inning in a 6-5 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
Detroit won the final two games of the series for its first series win over the White Sox since Sept. 3-5, 2018. The Tigers are 29-22 from May 8 on but are just 38-46 overall.
Tigers reliever Gregory Soto switched to another glove from his locker, then struggled. Billy Hamilton and Tim Anderson singled, and Abreu hit his 14th homer with one out. Soto struck out Brian Goodwin and walked Leury Garcia.
Jose Cisnero relieved and needed one pitch for his fourth save in five chances, retiring Andrew Vaughn on a lineout to right.
Tyler Alexander (1-1) allowed one hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings to win in relief of rookie Matt Manning, who gave up two runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Lucas Giolito (6-6) dropped to 1-2 in his last six starts. He allowed six runs and a season-high 10 hits in five innings, and he is 0-3 in four starts against Detroit this season.
Baddoo reached on an infield single in the first, stole second and scored on Robbie Grossman's groundout. Harold Castro hit an RBI single in the second, and Baddoo hit a two-run double for a 4-0 lead.
Chicago closed in the third on Abreu's RBI single and Garcia's sacrifice fly.
Candelario hit an RBI double in the fifth and scored on Erc Haase's single for a 6-2 lead.