SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ A year, another victory for the American
League in the All-Star Game.
The junior circuit belted three homers in a 5-to-4 win over the
National League at San Francisco, leaving the American League
10-0-and-1 in the last eleven midsummer classics.
Ichiro Suzuki hit the first inside-the-park homer in All-Star
game history, driving in Brian Roberts to give the A-L a 2-to-1
lead in the top of the fifth. Carl Crawford made it 3-to-1 with a
solo shot in the sixth before Victor Martinez added a two-run blast
that gave the A-L a three-run cushion in the eighth.
The National League made things interesting in the ninth,
loading the bases after Alfonso Soriano smacked a two-out, two-run
homer off J.J. Putz (puts). But Francisco Rodriguez got the final
out to close the victory.
Ichiro was named the game's Most Valuable player after going
3-for-3 from the leadoff spot.
Ken Griffey Junior drove in the National League's first two runs
with an R-B-I single and a sacrifice fly. Jose Reyes went 3-for-4
and scored the N-L's first run.
Josh Beckett worked two innings to get the win. Chris Young took
The victory gives the American League pennant winner home field
advantage in the World Series.
The National League still leads the overall series 40-36-and-2.