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MLB: Detroit 3, Toronto 2 (11 innings)

Aug. 23, 2012 at 4:57 PM   |   Comments

DETROIT, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Alex Avila delivered a two-out single that drove in Quintin Berry in the 11th inning Thursday, giving the Detroit Tigers a 3-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Detroit trailed 2-0 going into the eighth, scoring on the tying run on a wild pitch.

Jhonny Peralta singled to open the Detroit 11th off Chad Jenkins (0-1) but he was retired on a fielder's choice and Berry was inserted as a pinch-runner. Berry stole third ahead of a walk to Jeff Baker.

Jenkins struck out Andy Dirks but Avila lined a single to right, getting Berry home easily.

Detroit's eighth-inning rally, in which Avila walked and scored, included Darren Oliver's wild pitch that allowed Austin Jackson to score, tying the score.

Jackson also made a run-scoring, diving catch in center field in the 10th inning.

Joaquin Benoit (3-3) got the win with two-thirds of an inning of work.

Tigers starter Justin Verlander gave up just four hits -- one was a two-run home run by Edwin Encarnacion -- while walking two and striking out 12 over nine innings. That allowed him to pass teammate Max Scherzer for the major-league lead in strikeouts with 192.

Encarnacion's home run was his 33rd of the season.

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