Atlanta catcher Brian McCann cleared the bases with a double in the top of the 7th breaking a 1-1 tie and giving the National League their first All-Star win in 14 years with a 3-1 final at Angels Stadium in Anaheim.
The NL loaded the bases when former Cardinal Scott Rolen singled to center off Yankees’ pitcher Phil Hughes with one out. Cards’ outfielder Matt Holliday then followed with a single, in his only All-Star at-bat, and head’s up baserunning by Rolen put runners on the corner and one out. White Sox reliever Matt Thornton came on and got a pop up, then walked Windy City rival Marlon Byrd of the Cubs to load the bases for Atlanta catcher Brian McCann.
McCann cleared the bases with a double off the lefty giving the NL the lead they would hold onto, but not before things got shaky in the bottom of the seventh for Adam Wainwright.
With one out, former Royals’ catcher John Buck doubled over the head of Holliday who ran back towards the wall, reached and had the ball in his glove before it bounced out. It was a tough play and Buck was awarded a hit. Then former Missouri Tiger Ian Kinsler drew a walk, but Wainwright came back to get Vernon Wells to ground into a force out and hometown hero Torii Hunter of the Angels to strike out with runners on the corner.
In the ninth, Jonathan Broxton, the Dodgers closer gave up a lead off single to David Ortiz. With one out, Buck again battled Broxton and on a full count muscled a blooper that fell in front of right fielder Byrd. However, Ortiz had to wait to see if the ball would drop and once he did he couldn’t make it to second in time as Byrd picked the ball up and fired it onto second for a force out. Two batters later, representing the tying run, MU’s Kinsler lined one into right center field ending the American League’s domination of the game since 1996.
Albert Pujols went 0 for 2 with a strikeout.
Yadier Molina went 1 for 1 with the NL’s first hit. He was lifted for McCann in the fifth inning with runners on first and third and two outs in a 1-0 game.
Matt Holliday was 1 for 1 and scored the winning run.
Adam Wainwright got credit for a hold, allowing one hit and walking one while striking out two in the seventh.
Former Tiger Ian Kinsler was 0 for 1 with a walk
Former Royal John Buck was 1 for 2.
Former Cardinal Scott Rolen was 1 for 2.
Chris Carpenter and Joakim Soria, the lone Royals’ representative did not play.