Cano lifts AL to vic­tory

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS -

MI­AMI — A new-look All-Star Game ended with an old­time score.

Robin­son Cano home­red off Cubs closer Wade Davis lead­ing off the 10th in­ning and the Amer­i­can League beat the Na­tional League 2-1 Tues­day night in an All-Star Game dom­i­nated by this era's flame-throw­ers, rather than

its stand­out slug­gers.

Craig Kim­brel wig­gled out of a jam in the ninth and right fielder Justin Up­ton made a lung­ing catch in the 10th to help the AL win its fifth in a row. And for the first time since 1964, the ri­valry is all even — 43 wins apiece with two ties, and each side has scored ex­actly 361 runs.

Miguel Sano put the AL ahead in the fifth with a bloop RBI sin­gle off Alex Wood. Yadier Molina tied it in the sixth with a home run against Ervin San­tana.

Molina had just en­tered be­hind the plate in the top half and snapped off an Al­lS­tar first — Nel­son Cruz pulled a phone out of his uni­form pants and asked the catcher to snap a photo of him with um­pire Joe West.

Davis wasn't with the Cubs last fall when they won the World Se­ries for the first time in 108 years. He was ac­quired in a trade from Kansas City to for­tify the bullpen, and was the only Cubs player in this show­case. Chicago has strug­gled this sea­son, go­ing into the break at 43-45.

Cano, the game's MVP, sent a hang­ing curve off the back wall of the right-field bullpen, then blew a bub­ble with his gum when round­ing the bases.

Cano's homer came ex­actly 50 years af­ter the pre­vi­ous All-Star Game to end 2-1 in ex­tra in­nings, when Tony Perez hit a tiebreak­ing 15th-in­ning homer off Cat­fish Hunter in the NL's 2-1 win at Ana­heim, Cal­i­for­nia. Perez, now a Mar­lins ex­ec­u­tive, was among eight Latin-born Hall of Famers who threw out cer­e­mo­nial first pitches.

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Na­tional League catcher Yadier Molina hits a home run Tues­day dur­ing the sixth in­ning of the MLB All-Star Game in Mi­ami. Molina’s shot tied the game at 1-1.

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Amer­i­can League sec­ond base­man Robin­son Cano rounds the bases af­ter his 10th-in­ning home run in the All-Star Game on Tues­day.

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The Amer­i­can League’s Miguel Sano hits an RBI sin­gle Tues­day to put his squad ahead 1-0 in the fifth in­ning of the MLB All-Star Game in Mi­ami.

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