Jorge Soler hit his 40th home run of the season on Wednesday night as the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4.

The blast extended Soler's franchise mark for homers. He's the only member of the franchise to reach the 40-home run mark.

"Getting No. 40 is really important. But really, I was really happy to get 30," he said through an interpreter. "It felt like I've hit it like that a bunch of times."

Ned Yost said he thought Soler had tensed up recently with the record in reach.

"He's back to being himself," Yost said. "There's a little relief for me. I wanted him to get it. Now every home run from now on he'll break the record. I like that. I'm anxious to see how many he can hit."