DETROIT — Alex Avila's drive sailed to deep rightfield, barely clearing an outfielder and a wall. Finally, the Detroit catcher could look forward to some rest before a home series against the Rays.
"I'm too tired right now," Avila said. "I'm glad we have an off day (today). This weekend has been crazy."
Avila's two-run homer with two outs in the 11th gave the Tigers a 13-12 victory over Boston on Sunday, leaving the Red Sox 0-3 under new manager Bobby Valentine. Detroit scored 26 in the series and twice won in its final at-bat.
The Tigers trailed 10-7 when Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run shot off Alfredo Aceves in the ninth. Boston scored twice in the 11th, but Mark Melancon — another candidate to close with Andrew Bailey on the disabled list — couldn't hold it.
"This is a work in progress," Valentine said. "We're three days in after losing our closer, and we're still trying to figure it out."