Tigers beat Royals behind Mahtook’s clutch HR

Mikie Mahtook blasted a go-ahead, two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth, lifting the host Detroit Tigers to a 5-4 win over the visiting Kansas City Royals on Saturday at Comerica Park.Mahtook followed Niko Goodrum’s leadoff single with his ninth long ball of the season to left off Jason Hammel (3-14).Detroit designated hitter Victor Martinez, who announced a day earlier that Saturday’s game would be the last of his career, was removed after an infield single in the first.Goodrum, who hadn’t played since Sept. 12 due to a right quad contusion, had three hits, scored a run and knocked in two more. Nicholas Castellanos recorded his 19th three-hit game this season and scored a run.Joe Jiminez (5-4) wound up with the victory after giving up an eighth-inning run.Shane Greene collected his 31st save for the Tigers (63-92) despite allowing Salvador Perez’s solo homer in the ninth.Detroit starter Jordan Zimmermann gave up two runs on three hits in seven innings, striking out five and walking two. Kansas City starter Jakob Junis, who won his previous four starts against the Tigers this season, allowed three runs on eight hits in six innings with five strikeouts and one walk.Whit Merrifield reached base four times on two hits and two walks, scored a run and knocked in another for Kansas City (53-102). Alex Gordon added a solo shot.Detroit has won two of the first three games of the four-game series.