AL’s Cano can do

Mariners star belts home run in top of 10th in­ning for win­ning mar­gin In the sea­son of the home run, pitch­ers ruled the All-Star Game. Al­most. With the out­come hang­ing by a thread in the 10th in­ning, things abruptly changed with one big swing of the bat

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Pa­trick Saun­ders Alan Diaz, The As­so­ci­ated Press

He played Home Run Derby against Chicago Cubs re­liever Wade Davis, lin­ing a lead­off homer to right field to lift the Amer­i­can League to a 2-1 vic­tory in Tues­day night’s All-Star Game at Mar­lins Park.

Davis hung a break­ing ball on a 1-1 pitch and Cano ham­mered it, be­com­ing the first Amer­i­can League player in All-Star Game his­tory to hit a home run in ex­tra in­nings. He was, of course, named the game’s MVP.

“I know I was fac­ing one of the best closers in the game,” Cano said. “I was just ready, for what­ever he threw over the plate, I was go­ing to swing … I (was) go­ing to take a pitch right over the mid­dle.”

Tues­day marked the first ex­tra-in­ning All-Star Game since 2008, a game that lasted 15 in­nings.

Colorado, with four play­ers in the Mid­sum­mer Clas­sic for the first time, did not fac­tor in the game’s out­come, but Nolan Are­nado made some his­tory of his own. He hit two sin­gles, be­com­ing the first Rock­ies player to have two hits in an Al­lS­tar Game.

“That felt good. You al­ways like to get hit, es­pe­cially in a game like this,” he said. “You al­ways want to hit a home run, but two hits in two at-bats is pretty good.”

Are­nado nearly hit a home run in his sec­ond at-bat but hooked it foul down the third-base line.

The Na­tional League was in po­si­tion to

win the game in the ninth when Bos­ton re­liever Craig Kim­brel walked two bat­ters. But Kim­brel, who has al­lowed just five runs all sea­son, struck out the Mets’ Michael Con­forto, send­ing the game into ex­tra in­nings.

Are­nado sin­gled off AL starter Chris Sale in the sec­ond and led off the fourth with a sin­gle to left off Kansas City’s Ja­son Var­gas. When Washington’s Ryan Zim­mer­man fol­lowed up with a deep fly to cen­ter, Are­nado de­cided to test the arm of Bos­ton’s Mookie Betts by tag­ging up and try­ing to reach sec­ond. Bad idea. Betts’ 93 mph throw was per­fect, and he threw out Are­nado with ease.

“Well, I’m not the fastest guy, so I didn’t think I was go­ing to do much from first base,” Are­nado said. “And, man, he threw that ball from the warn­ing track. I thought I could beat it, but he made a great throw.”

Rock­ies cen­ter fielder Char­lie Black­mon bat­ted 0-for-3 and had an un­event­ful evening, save for haul­ing in two fly­balls. Black­mon lined out to right to lead off the first, swing­ing at the first pitch of the game from Sale.

Black­mon struck out in the sec­ond and grounded out to sec­ond base in the fifth.

Rock­ies closer Greg Hol­land, who had 28 saves in 29 chances prior to the break, took care of busi­ness in the eighth. He got for­mer Kansas City team­mate Mike Mous­takas to fly out to deep right and struck out Justin Up­ton be­fore Cleve­land’s Michael Brantley sin­gled to right. Hol­land re­grouped to strike out the In­di­ans’ Fran­cisco Lin­dor on three pitches.

“There was a lot of adren­a­line out there,” Hol­land said. “I wish I could had a 4-0 lead or some­thing in that sit­u­a­tion, but I knew I had to hang tough. I’ve faced Brantley a lot in the past, and he’s a tough out for me. But I got us out of the in­ning.”

Hol­land was just the fifth Rock­ies pitcher to ap­pear in the Mid­sum­mer Clas­sic and the first since Ubaldo Jimenez in 2010.

Rock­ies sec­ond base­man D.J. LeMahieu, still re­cov­er­ing from a strained groin, did not play in the game.

“Yeah, I’m bet­ter, but that was kind of the plan go­ing in, to prob­a­bly not play me,” LeMahieu said.

The Amer­i­can League fi­nally broke the ice in the fifth against Dodgers left-han­der Alex Wood. Bal­ti­more’s Jonathan Schoop smashed a dou­ble down the left-field line and scored on a bloop sin­gle to shal­low right by Min­nesota’s Miguel Sano.

Car­di­nals veteran catcher Yadier Molina — he of the glit­ter­ing gold chest pro­tec­tor and hel­met — tied the game 1-1 in the sixth with a solo homer off the Twins’ Ervin San­tana. Molina be­came the first Car­di­nals player to hit a homer in an Al­lS­tar Game since Reg­gie Smith in 1974.

The Amer­i­can League dugout erupts as Seat­tle’s Robin­son Cano cir­cles the bases on a home run dur­ing the 10th in­ning Tues­day night in Mi­ami.

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