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AL tops NL in extras for fifth straight All-Star Game win

The National Anthem is played during the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Robinson Cano’s solo shot in the 10th inning off Chicago Cubs closer Wade Davis propelled the American League to its fifth straight All-Star Game win over the National League with a 2-1 victory Tuesday night at Marlins Park.

Cleveland Indians left-hander Andrew Miller picked up the save as the American League won for the 12th time in the last 15 seasons.

The game didn’t decide home-field advantage this year and went into extra innings for the first time since 2008, when the American League won in 15 innings.

Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen worked around a leadoff single from Oakland A’s first baseman Yonder Alonso in the ninth and stranded him at third by striking out Chicago White Sox outfield Avisail Garcia to end the inning. Boston Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel stranded runners on second and third in the bottom half to send the game into extras.

Pitching ruled the night as Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale and Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer each got their respective teams off to stellar starts on the mound. Scherzer struck out two in an inning of work while Sale worked around three hits and struck out two in two scoreless frames. Both teams were held to just one extra-base hit through eighth innings.

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina tied the game at 1-1 in the sixth, belting an opposite-field home run off Minnesota Twins right-hander Ervin Santana after debuting his flashy gold catching gear in the top half of the inning. The 34-year-old became the oldest catcher to homer in the All-Star Game and the oldest player to homer in the All-Star Game since Barry Bonds in 2002

Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano got the American League on the board in the fifth inning with a bloop single to shallow right field off Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood to score Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop.

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