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Stanton and Buxton Power A.L. to Ninth Straight All-Star Win


The fans were denied a first-of-its-kind Swing-Off tiebreaker, but home runs decided the All-Star Game anyway. Giancarlo Stanton and Byron Buxton hit back-to-back blasts within the fourth inning, powering the American League to a 3-2 win over the National League on Tuesday.

There have been lots of strikeouts, a number of long home runs and a festive atmosphere because the annual exhibition returned to Dodger Stadium for the primary time since 1980. And the A.L., which once spent many years because the event’s lovable losers, continued its dominance, winning a ninth straight All-Star Game in a run that has seen the junior circuit go 27-6-1 starting in 1988.

Stanton, who grew up in Southern California and attended games at Dodger Stadium as a baby, won the sport’s most respected player award.

“I can’t really explain how special that is,” he said. “It’s hard to place into words that that is reality straight away. It’s really cool. I’m soaking all of it in.”

With Tuesday’s win, the A.L. is now 47-43-2 overall for the reason that game was first played in 1933 in Chicago.

This 12 months’s edition was a much-hyped matchup of left-handed starting pitchers. Shane McClanahan of the Tampa Bay Rays — a surprising candidate for the A.L.’s Cy Young Award — was facing Clayton Kershaw, the three-time N.L. Cy Young-winner, who was starting an All-Star Game for the primary time in his decorated profession. Each pitchers were expected to be aided by the long shadows that Dodger Stadium produces in early evening starts.

However the N.L. got on the board immediately in the primary inning. Mookie Betts of the Dodgers hit an R.B.I. single to center off McClanahan and after Manny Machado of the San Diego Padres grounded right into a double play, Paul Goldschmidt of the St. Louis Cardinals made it 2-0 with a solo homer.

However the A.L. took control back within the fourth against Tony Gonsolin, a breakout right-handed starter for the Dodgers. The Yankees’ Stanton tied the sport with a two-run blast that traveled 457 feet to left-center and Buxton of the Minnesota Twins gave the A.L. a 3-2 lead with 425-foot homer to left.

“With the ability to try this with Stanton and being within the All Star Game you don’t see fairly often,” Buxton said of the back-to-back homers, “so it’s something I cherish.”

That may prove to be enough as a parade of 10 A.L. relievers, including Nestor Cortes and Clay Holmes of the Yankees, combined for eight scoreless innings after the two-run first, with Emmanuel Clase of the Cleveland Guardians ending the N.L. off by striking out the side within the ninth on only 10 pitches.

The sport ending in nine innings spoiled what might have been a wild finish. Should the rating have been tied through nine innings, the exhibition would have been decided with a house run derby of sorts wherein three players from all sides can be given three swings each. The team that hit probably the most home runs would have claimed victory.

Recent York’s teams sent 10 players to Los Angeles. Beyond Stanton’s home run, the group’s biggest highlights got here when Cortes and Holmes pitched with catcher Jose Trevino, the Yankees’ unlikeliest of All-Stars, as their battery mate. Trevino also singled within the seventh. Outfielder Aaron Judge went 0 for two and pitcher Gerrit Cole didn’t pitch because he began for the Yankees on Sunday.

For the Mets, Jeff McNeil went 0 for 1 because the N.L.’s starting second baseman and Pete Alonso walked in his only plate appearance. Outfielder Starling Marte and reliever Edwin Díaz didn’t play. Had the sport come all the way down to the Swing-Off tiebreaker, Alonso, who participated within the Home Run Derby, would have been one in all the N.L.’s three batters.

James Wagner contributed reporting from Los Angeles.

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