The one manager at Citi Field tonight whose team is still in the hunt for the World Series got home-field advantage for his league, as Jim Leyland's AL squad beat Bruce Bochy's NL team, 3-0.
Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer set the tone for the AL in the bottom of the first, retiring the side in order on just 12 pitches. The three Rockies in the NL lineup all got their first at bats of the game against White Sox lefty Chris Sale, who struck out Carlos Gonzalez in the second and did the same to Troy Tulowitzki in the third before getting Michael Cuddyer to hit a slow comebacker.
The AL got on the board in the fourth against the Diamondbacks' Patrick Corbin. Miguel Cabrera led off the inning with a double, advanced to third on Chris Davis' single and scored on a Jose Bautista sacrifice fly. The NL got it's first hit in the bottom of the inning when St. Louis outfielder Carlos Beltran singled against Seattle's Felix Hernandez.
The sequence of events that led to the AL's run in the fourth was repeated almost to the letter in the fifth against the Phillies' Cliff Lee. Adam Jones led off the fifth with a double, advanced to third on Joe Mauer's single and J.J. Hardy brought home his Orioles teammate with a RBI fielder's choice to give the Junior Circuit a 2-0 lead. Gonzalez and Tulowitzki got their second and final at bats in the bottom of the fifth against Tampa Bay's Matt Moore, who got them to ground out and pop up to second.
A Rockie finally reached base when Cuddyer worked a walk against A's closer Grant Balfour, but was left on first as Balfour retired the next three NL hitters in order, ending the Rockies involvement in the game.
The AL tacked on its third run against Craig Kimbrel in the eighth when Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis doubled home Salvador Perez, who had singled, becoming the first Royal with a hit in the All-Star Game since Bo Jackson in 1989.
Leyland, wanting to assure Mariano Rivera appeared in the game, brought him in to pitch the eighth even though the NL had advanced just one runner past first base all night. Rivera retired Jean Segura, Allen Craig and Carlos Gomez in order, earning MVP honors as the AL got its first All-Star Game win since 2009.
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