DETROIT -AP- Michael Fulmer pitched seven sharp innings for his first win in over a month and the Detroit Tigers homered three times in an 8-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
Justin UptonVictor Martinez and Cameron Maybin went deep for the Tigers, who won their fifth game in a row while chasing a postseason spot in the American League.
Fulmer (11-7) allowed a run and eight hits, striking out nine with no walks.
 
Fulmer sharp as playoff-chasing Tigers rout Royals 8-3
 
It was the first victory since Aug. 14 for Fulmer, who emerged around midseason as a Rookie of the Year candidate but is now having to fight off a torrid challenge from Gary Sanchez of the New York Yankees.
Danny Duffy (12-3) allowed six runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out four.
The Tigers came into the night a half-game ahead of Baltimore for the second wild card, and they jumped ahead right away against Duffy. The Royals made two errors in the first inning, and Upton's RBI double made it 2-0.
Martinez and Upton each hit solo shots in the third, and Maybin's two-run homer in the fourth made it 6-0.
Upton has 27 homers on the season, including 14 in his last 29 games.
Kansas City has lost nine of its last 12.
 

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