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MLB: Detroit 6, Chi. White Sox 5 (10 inn.)

Sept. 14, 2011 at 5:34 PM   |   Comments

CHICAGO, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Carlos Guillen's run-scoring single in the 10th inning handed Detroit its 12th straight win and the Tigers rallied for 6-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Detroit scored three times in the ninth to forge a tie then stunned Chicago with another run in the 10th in winning a 12th straight game for the first time since 1934.

Victor Martinez stroked a one-out double in the 10th off Sergio Santos (4-5) and came home with the go-ahead run when Guillen (3-for-5, homer, two RBI) followed with a sharp grounder up the middle.

Jose Valverde extended his club saves record to 44 in the bottom of the 10th, striking out the side, and Phil Coke (3-9) earned the victory.

Ryan Raburn's lead-off solo homer in the ninth cut Chicago's lead to 5-3 and one out later pinch-hitter Alex Avila pounded a game-tying, two-run shot for Detroit, which reduced its magic number to clinch the American League Central to two.

Dylan Axelrod made his first major league start for the White Sox and pitched well, holding the Tigers to two runs on six hits over six frames while striking out eight.

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