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.