10 American League pitchers combined on a 3-hit shutout at Citi Field in New York on Tuesday night, and the junior circuit snapped a three-summer losing streak, defeating the National League 3-0 in Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star Game.
The New York Yankees’ Mariano Rivera, who pitched the eighth inning, was a sentimental choice as game MVP in the 43 year-old reliever’s last season in baseball.
The American League, which recorded nine hits, plated single runs in the fourth, fifth and eighth innings. Jason Kipnis, Jose Bautista and J.J. Hardy drove in the game’s runs. There were no home runs in the contest.
Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen went 0-for-2, although he was responsible for the game’s only stolen base when he entered the game initially as a pinch-runner. Teammate Pedro Alvarez was 0-for-1 with a pop-up. Pirates closer Jason Grilli allowed one hit while pitching the top of the ninth inning, a leadoff triple to Prince Fielder. Fielder was stranded on third base when McCutchen caught a fly ball by Alex Gibson at the base of the center field wall for the final out of the inning. Mark Melancon and Jeff Locke were the other Pittsburgh All-Star selections in the first summer since 1972 in which five Pirates players were chosen for the game. Neither Melancon nor Locke played Tuesday.
Major League teams will resume regular season play on Friday. The Pirates (56-37) will open a week-and-a-half-long road trip in Cincinnati against the Reds (53-42).