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

April 8, 2012 at 6:25 PM

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.

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