Justin Upton hits 1st HRs in Tigers uniform in 6-5 win

Philadelphia Phillies' Freddy Galvis, right, shakes hands with third base coach Juan Samuel after his home run off Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game Saturday, March 26, 2016, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Detroit outfielder Justin Upton hit his first two home runs in a Tigers uniform in a 6-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.

Upton, who signed a six-year, $132 million free-agent contract with Detroit in January, entered the day hitting .189 (7-for-37) with one extra base hit, a double, in 15 games this spring.

But he launched a two-out, solo home run off of Philadelphia left-hander James Russell in the first inning and then added a second solo shot off of right-hander Luis Garcia in the sixth inning.

A three-time All-Star, the 28-year-old Upton hit .251 with 26 home runs and 81 RBI in 150 games with the San Diego Padres in 2015.

The Phillies Ryan Howard, the 2006 National League MVP who could platoon with Darin Ruf this year, went 2 for 4 with an RBI.