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Avila’s Hit Gives Tigers 3-2 Win Over Jays In 11

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DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 23: Justin Velander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park on August 23, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – AUGUST 23: Justin Velander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park on August 23, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

NOAH TRISTER,AP Baseball Writer

DETROIT (AP) — Alex Avila’s RBI single with two outs in the 11th gave the Detroit Tigers a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday, one inning after center fielder Austin Jackson kept the game tied with a spectacular catch.

The Blue Jays had a runner on second in the 10th when Anthony Gose lifted what looked like a sure hit to the gap in right-center. But Jackson raced over and made a diving catch.

With runners on first and second in the 11th, Avila singled to right off Chad Jenkins (0-1). Gose played the ball on a hop and couldn’t throw out pinch-runner Quintin Berry at home.

Joaquin Benoit (3-3) got the win. Justin Verlander struck out 12 in nine innings for the Tigers.

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