Stanton and Buxton Power AL win ninth straight All-Star game

Fans denied the first of its kind Tie-break Swing-Off, but home runs still decided the All-Star Game. Giancarlo Stanton and Byron Buxton scored in a row in the fourth inning to lead the American League to a 3-2 victory over the National League on Tuesday.

There were many strikeouts, several long home runs and a festive atmosphere as the annual show returned to Dodger Stadium for the first time since 1980. the ninth consecutive All-Star Game in a series that had a junior circuit going 27-6-1 since 1988.

Stanton, who grew up in Southern California and attended games at Dodger Stadium as a child, received the Most Valuable Player award.

“I can’t explain how special it is,” he said. “It’s hard to put into words that this is reality right now. It’s really cool. I’m soaking it all up.”

With Tuesday’s win, the AL’s overall score is now 47-43-2 since the game was first played in 1933 in Chicago.

This year’s edition was a highly publicized matchup of left-handed starting pitchers. Shane McClanahan of the Tampa Bay Rays, a surprise AL Cy Young Award nominee, faced Clayton Kershaw, a three-time NL Cy Young winner who started the All-Star Game for the first time in his well-deserved career. Both pitchers were expected to be assisted long shadows which Dodger Stadium produces early evening starts.

But the NL hit the board right away in the first inning. The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts hit an RBI single to center McClanahan, and after the San Diego Padres’ Manny Machado hit a double play, St. Louis’s Paul Goldschmidt. Louis Cardinals made it 2-0 with a solo homer.

But AL regained control in the fourth against Tony Gonsolin. breakout right starter for the Dodgers. Stanton of the Yankees equalized with a 457-foot left down center, and Buxton of the Minnesota Twins gave the AL a 3-2 lead with a 425-foot homer on the left.

“The opportunity to do that with Stanton and be in the All-Star Game doesn’t come along very often,” Buxton said of back-to-back homers, “so that’s something I treasure.”

That would have been enough as a parade of 10 AL pitchers, including Yankees’ Nestor Cortez and Clay Holmes, put together eight scoreless innings after the first two pitches, and the Cleveland Guardians’ Emmanuel Clayse ended the NL with strikeouts. side in the ninth just 10 paces.

The game, which ended in nine innings, spoiled what could have been a wild finale. If the score had been tied for nine innings, the result would have been decided by a kind of home run derby in which three players on each side would be given three hits each. The team that hit the most home runs would claim the win.

New York teams send 10 players to Los Angeles. Aside from Stanton’s home run, the group’s highlights came when Cortez and Holmes faced catcher Jose Trevino, a Yankees player. the most unlikely of all starslike their battery mate. Trevino also singled in the seventh. Outfielder Aaron Judge went 0-for-2 and pitcher Gerrit Cole didn’t pitch because he started for the Yankees on Sunday.

For the Mets, Jeff McNeil went 0-for-1 as the NL’s starting second baseman, with Pete Alonso walking in his only plate appearance. Outfielder Starling Marte and reliever Edwin Diaz did not play. If the game had been a Swing-Off tiebreaker, Alonso, who competed in the Home Run Derby, would have been one of three NL batters.

James Wagner provided a report from Los Angeles.