NL Ends Drought At All-Star Game
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Brian McCann came up with the clutch hit that the National League had been missing.
For the past seven years.
The Braves’ catcher ripped a two-out, three-run double in the seventh inning, putting the National League on top on its way to a streak-busting 3-1 victory in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night before 45,408 at Angel Stadium.
The NL had lost seven games in a row, and their winless streak — including the infamous 2002 tie — stretched all the way back to 1996. With the victory, the NL earned home-field advantage in the World Series.
McCann was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
The NL squad had not been able to find a clutch hit for the most of the night, and it trailed 1-0 after the AL scored an unearned run in the fifth inning.
With one out in the seventh, the NL mounted a rally against Phil Hughes. Scott Rolen singled. Matt Holliday followed with a single up the middle, and Rolen hustled to third on the play.
Lefty Matt Thornton was summoned for the AL. He got pinch-hitter Chris Young on a popup for the second out, but Marlon Byrd drew a walk before McCann yanked a line drive into the right-field corner, clearing the bases. To read more click here.