National League 3
American League 1
8:00 PM ET, July 13, 2010
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- A terrible toss to first base. A fly ball that fell just short. An O-fer by their boppers.This sure was shaping up to be another lost night for the National League.Then, one key swing by Brian McCann and a heads-up play by right fielder Marlon Byrd ended an inexplicable All-Star funk.
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• The NL snapped its 13-game winless streak in All-Star Games, winning for the first time since 1996.
• Brian McCann won the MVP award, the first Brave to do so since 1994. He had the first bases-clearing double in All-Star Game history.
• Matt Capps earned the win to become the first pitcher from a team based in Washington to win an All-Star Game since Dutch Leonard (1943 Senators). He's the third pitcher in Nationals/Expos history to win an All-Star Game (Charlie Lea and Steve Rogers).
• Phil Hughes got the loss and was the first Yankees pitcher to lose an All-Star Game since Tommy John in 1980.
• The last All-Star Game that had four or less runs was in 1997 at Jacobs Field, which the AL won 3-1 to begin a 13-game unbeaten streak.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki made a record ninth start as the AL's leadoff hitter, in his 10th All-Star Game. ... The game was the 11th played in California and third in Anaheim. San Francisco last hosted in 2007. ... Rangers slugger Vladimir Guerrero, the AL designated hitter batting fifth, was cheered by his former crowd when he came out in a Texas uniform. He tipped his cap and waved to acknowledge the crowd. ... Rod Carew tossed out the ceremonial first pitch to Hunter. ... St. Louis' Yadier Molina became the first NL catcher to start in back-to-back All-Star Games since New York's Mike Piazza in 2004-05. McCann replaced Molina in the fifth.
|ALS||5th||R Cano hit sacrifice fly to left, E Longoria scored.||0||1|
|NLS||7th||B McCann doubled to right, S Rolen, M Holliday and M Byrd scored.||3||1|
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|Stadium||Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA|
|Weather||85 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Mike Reilly, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Brian Onora, Third Base - Laz Diaz|