MLB: Detroit 13, Boston 12 (11 inn.)

April 8, 2012 at 6:25 PM   |   Comments

DETROIT, April 8 (UPI) -- Alex Avila smashed a two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning Sunday, rallying the Detroit Tigers to a wild 13-12 win over Boston.

The Tigers staged two last-chance comebacks in the marathon contest.

They trailed 10-7 heading in the bottom of the ninth and rallied to tie it on Miguel Cabrera's three-run homer.

Then in the top of the 11th, the Red Sox scored twice on RBI from Nick Punto and Dustin Pedroia, taking a 12-10 lead.

But Detroit rallied again in the bottom of the frame off Mark Melancon (0-2) when Delmon Young drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Avila followed by smacking a knuckle-curve ball into the right field stands with two outs.

Cabrera went 3-for-5 with five RBI, Austin Jackson added four hits with three runs scored and Jhonny Peralta stroked a three-run double for the Tigers, who swept their season-opening series from the Bosox.

Duane Below (2-0) got credit for the win after retiring one batter in the 11th.

Punto ended with three hits and three RBI. Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who have started 0-3 for the second straight season.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
Former Titans kicker dies in car crash Former Titans kicker dies in car crash
UPI Sports Schedule for Sunday, September 21
UPI Sports Results for September 20, 2014 UPI Sports Results for September 20, 2014
Cardinals top penalty-prone 49ers
Gilberto helps TFC topple Chivas
Trending News