Fulmer sharp as playoff-chasing Tigers rout Royals 8-3

Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez looks skyward after reaching home on his solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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 Upton, Victor 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. 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.