Upton powers Tigers to 6-5 victory over Royals

Detroit Tigers' Justin Upton (8) celebrates with third base coach Dave Clark after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Justin Upton hit a two-run homer with two out in the eighth inning, sending the Detroit Tigers to a 6-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

Upton also doubled in J.D. Martinez in the second. He has seven homers and 18 RBIs in his past 14 games.

Miguel Cabrera was on first after a leadoff single when Upton drove a fastball from Joakim Soria over the wall in center for his 20th homer, giving Detroit a 6-5 lead. Soria (4-7) blew his fourth save in five opportunities.

Shane Greene (3-3) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win. Francisco Rodriguez worked the ninth for his 38th save in 42 opportunities.