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Robinson Cano homers in 10th, as AL beat NL 2-1 in ASG

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Seattle Mariners’ second baseman Robinson Cano went deep in the top of the 10th to push the American League team past the National League side 2-1 at Marlins Park in Miami in the 2017 MLB All-Star Game.

St. Louis Cardinals’ veteran catcher Yadier Molina became the oldest catcher to hit a home run in the ASG when he tied the game at 1-1 for the NL All-Stars after blasting one off of Minnesota Twins’ Ervin Santana in the bottom of the sixth.

But Cano, an eight-time All-Star for the AL, broke the deadlock as the leadoff hitter in the first extra-inning, sending Chicago Cubs’ Wade Davis’ fastball 395 feet into air and into the bleachers of Marlins Park.

Andrew Miller, also of the Indians, walked Cincinnati Reds’ first baseman Joey Votto but struck out Los Angeles Dodgers’ super rookie Cody Bellinger to end the match in the 10th inning.

Twins’ slugging third baseman Miguel Sano opened the scoring for the AL, when he drove home Baltimore Orioles’ second baseman Jonathan Schoop in the top of the fifth.

The American League used nine pitchers, and conceded only seven hits, while the NL also fielded nine throwers but allowed 10 hits.

Boston Red Sox’ closer Craig Kimbrel will get credited with the win, and Miller will log an ASG save in his already successful resume, while Davis will get the ASG loss.

NOTES:

For the first time since 2004, the ASG will not award World Series home field advantage to the winner of the mid-season exhibition match, as the home-field advantage will now go to the pennant winner with the best record.

The all-time win-loss-draw record of the mid-summer classic is 43 wins each, with two draws.

Cano’s homer in the extra innings was the first extra-inning dinger since Tony Perez’ exactly 50 years ago.