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)

Tigers Vs. Blue Jays: Detroit Finishes Off Sweep With Walk-Off Win

It took the Tigers 11 innings to capitalize on another dominant performance by Justin Verlander, but they finally did end up winning on Thursday to sweep the Blue Jays.

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Tigers Vs. Blue Jays Final Score: Alex Avila's Walk-Off Single Caps Off Sweep As Detroit Wins, 3-2

The Detroit Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays by a final score of 3-2 in Thursday's series finale at Comerica Park, which capped off a sweep for the hometown team.

Alex Avila hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th inning, scoring Quintin Berry, who entered the game as a pinch runner in place of Delmon Young earlier in the inning. The win preserved a terrific outing from Justin Verlander, who struck out 12 batters in a nine-inning effort.

The Blue Jays led 2-0 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning on the strength of a two-run homer off the bat of Edwin Encarnacion, which was his 33rd of the season. However, the resilient Tigers were able to tie the game on an RBI single by Brennan Boesch and a run-scoring wild pitch by Toronto reliever Darren Oliver.

In the 11th, Jhonny Peralta led off the inning with a single, but was forced out at second on Young's groundball. Jeff Baker drew a walk in the next at-bat, but Andy Dirks failed to capitalize as he struck out swinging for the second out. That set the stage for Avila, who came through with the big two-out hit.

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Tigers Vs. Blue Jays Final Score: Detroit Notches 3-2 Victory Over Toronto

On Wednesday night, Anibal Sanchez threw just his second quality start since being acquired by the Detroit Tigers, and it was just enough to power his team to victory. Toronto Blue Jays starter Aaron Laffey gave up three earned runs in six innings, but he was out-dueled by Sanchez and the Tigers bullpen.

Detroit went up 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning when Jeff Baker singled to right to score Delmon Young, putting another run on the board after Omar Infante scored on a wild pitch in the fourth inning. Toronto shaved the lead back to one on a Edwin Encarnacion single to left that scored Rajai Davis, but Detroit's Prince Fielder extended the lead back to two, plating Austin Jackson with a single of his own to make it 3-1 after six innings. Blue Jays shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria's seventh-inning sacrifice fly cut the lead to 3-2, but that would be it for Toronto.

The Tigers will go for the sweep Thursday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. ET.

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Tigers Vs. Blue Jays: Max Scherzer Strong As Detroit Opens Series With 5-3 Win

The Detroit Tigers held off a late rally to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Tuesday night to open a three-game series at Comerica Park.

Detroit starter Max Scherzer (13-6) allowed just one run in seven innings while logging eight strikeouts to earn the win. Closer Jose Valverde held on for a scoreless ninth inning to record his 24th save of the season.

The Tigers took advantage of some control problems by Toronto starting pitcher Ricky Romero to jump out to an early lead. Romero walked eight batters in 5.1 innings. Romero walked Delmon Young with the bases loaded in the first inning to give Detroit the lead, then gave up another bases-loaded walk in the second inning.

Second baseman Omar Infante singled in a run in the sixth inning, followed by a sacrifice fly by Miguel Cabrera to score another run to extend the lead to 5-1.

The Blue Jays rallied for two runs in the top of the eighth inning before Joaquin Benoit came out of the bullpen to stop the rally.

With the win, Detroit keeps pace with the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central as well as the four-team AL Wild Card race. The two teams resume the series on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. ET.

For more Detroit Tigers news and analysis, head over to Bless You Boys, and be sure to check out SB Nation's dedicated MLB hub.

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