Detroit Tigers continue swoon, lose 7-1 Sunday at last-place Chicago White Sox

The White Sox’s Jose Abreu, right, scores on a sacrifice fly as Detroit Tigers catcher John Hicks waits for the ball during the eighth inning Sunday. The White Sox won 7-1. (AP photo)

By SARAH TROTTO

Associated Press

CHICAGO — Fourteen months after his major league debut, Lucas Giolito finally earned his first victory.

He threw seven scoreless innings to reach the milestone, and Matt Davidson hit a three-run homer to help the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-1 on Sunday.

“It’s a huge relief. Last year didn’t go the way I wanted it to,” said Giolito, who went 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in six appearances last season with Washington.

Giolito (1-1) limited the Tigers to three hits in his second start with the White Sox after they acquired him in a December trade with the Nationals for outfielder Adam Eaton.

Yolmer Sanchez had three hits for the White Sox, who have won four of five and took two of three from Detroit.

Ian Kinsler hit his 14th home run for the Tigers, who lost for the 16th time in 21 games.

Matthew Boyd (5-8) allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings. He was 0-2 with a 10.19 ERA in five previous appearances this month and made some mechanical adjustments before Sunday’s start.

The Tigers placed designated hitter Victor Martinez on the 10-day disabled list because of an irregular heartbeat, the second time he has landed on the DL this season with the condition.

Ausmus said Martinez, 38, experienced a racing heart after his last at-bat Saturday.