Major League Baseball played its 2019 All-Star Game on Tuesday at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The American League defeated the National League by a 4-3 score, extending its winning streak in the Midsummer Classic to seven games in a row. The AL has also won 11 of 14 dating back to 2003, the year after the game infamously ended in a tie.
The AL staked out an early lead when Alex Bregman scored on a Michael Brantley double in the second inning. The game remained 1-0 until the fifth, when Jorge Polanco plated Gary Sanchez on an infield single, making it 2-0 AL.
From there, the offense started to tick up. Charlie Blackmon homered to put the NL on the board in the sixth. The AL struck for a pair of runs in the seventh. First, Xander Bogaerts hit into a double play that scored Matt Chapman. Later, Joey Gallo homered on the first pitch he saw from left-handed reliever Will Smith.
Pete Alonso, , singled to score with the bases loaded in the eighth for a two-RBI knock. The NL was unable to push across the tying or go-ahead runs, however.
Masahiro Tanaka earned the win, Clayton Kershaw was charged with the loss, and Aroldis Chapman, who struck out the side in the ninth, got the save. CC Sabathia, appearing in his final All-Star Game, made a mound visit with two outs in the ninth so he could receive one last Cleveland ovation.
Afterward, Cleveland pitcher Shane Bieber — — was named MVP.
For those wondering, the all-time record now in All-Star Games has the AL up 45-43-1.
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