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Fielder HR propels NL to consecutive All-Star wins

Fielder HR propels NL to consecutive All-Star wins

Prince Fielder's three-run homer powered the National League to a 5-1 win over the American League in Tuesday's All-Star Game, giving the NL rare consecutive wins in Major League Baseball's showpiece game.
It was the first time the NL had won consecutive games since the mid-1990s and it now carries more than bragging rights; it gives the eventual NL champion team the homefield advantage in four of the potential seven World Series games.
Boston's Adrian Gonzalez put the AL ahead in the top of the fourth inning with a homer off Philadelphia's Cliff Lee. The AL almost went further ahead in the same inning, but a great throw to the plate by Hunter Pence to catcher Brian McCann got Jose Bautista as he was running for home.
In the bottom of the inning, Fielder became the first Brewers player to ever homer in an All-Star game, going long off C.J. Wilson to score Carlos Beltran and Matt Kemp, putting the NL ahead 3-1.
It was 4-1 in the bottom of the fifth when Andre Ethier drove in Rickie Weeks, who had stolen second base.
San Francisco's Pablo Sandoval got a ground-rule double in the seventh as his shot bounced into the bullpen, scoring Pence to make it 5-1.
The AL got men on second and third in the top of the ninth but closer Brian Wilson got Paul Konerko to ground out to end the game.
The victory gave the NL home-field advantage in the World Series. With several big names as no-shows at Chase Field, the AL lost more than the game.
Boston pitcher Josh Beckett warmed up, then bowed out with a sore knee. Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera left after appearing to hurt his side.
The NL had lost 12 consecutive games played to a decision before a victory last year.


Updated : 2021-05-12 05:33 GMT+08:00