Playing in the final All-Star game of his career, Derek Jeter nearly recorded the first out of the game on a diving stop to rob Andrew McCutchen of a single. Instead, the Pirates center fielder had an infield single.
McCutchen advanced to second base on a wild pitch before Felix Hernandez struck out the next two batters and got Paul Goldschmidt to ground out. St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny’s decision to start Adam Wainwright over Clayton Kershaw was further questioned when the Cardinals right-hander allowed three runs to score in the first inning.
Wainwright surrendered a leadoff double to Jeter, which was followed by a Mike Trout RBI triple. Miguel Cabrera then delivered the big blow with two-run home run to left. The National League responded with two runs in the second inning on an Aramis Ramirez single and RBI doubles from Chase Utley and Jonathan Lucroy.
Kershaw didn’t allow a runner to reach in the bottom of the second and picked up one strikeout in his lone inning of work. Facing Alfredo Simon, Jeter collected his second hit of the night in the third, but was stranded at second base as the American League continued to lead, 3-2.
Utley was hit by a pitch with two outs in the fourth and he was replaced by Dee Gordon. Inserting the speedy Gordon paid dividends as Lucroy tied the game with this second RBI double of the game.
With the game tied, Zack Greinke struck out two of the three hitters he faced in what was another perfect inning from a Dodge starter. Yasiel Puig’s struggles continued in the fifth when Max Scherzer struck him out. Puig finished the game 0-for-3 with three strikeouts.
Mike Trout got a bit of a gift RBI double on a ball that may not have crossed over third base before bouncing under Ramirez’s glove. Jose Altuve hit a sacrifice fly and the AL led 5-3 at the end of five.
The NL had the tying runners reach in the eighth but Fernando Rodney struck out Daniel Murphy to end the threat. Glen Perkins got the opportunity to close the game out in his home stadium and he retired the side in order to give the AL a 5-3 win and home-field advantage in the World Series.
The win was the AL’s seventh in the last 10 games. Trout was named the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player.
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