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AL holds on to win again, 5-4

SAN FRANCISCO -- The American League has won another All-Star Game, posting a 5-4 win tonight in AT&T Park. Cleveland catcher and ex-Buffalo Bison Victor Martinez provided the key insurance runs with a two-run pinch homer to left off Mets closer Billy Wagner in the top of the eighth. Alfonso Soriano's two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth of Seattle closer J.J. Putz made it close.

The AL got nervous when Putz walked J.J. Hardy and Francisco Rodriguez issued free passes to Derrek Lee (on a disputed full-count check swing) and Orlando Hudson. K-Rod got Aaron Roward to fly to right for the final out.

The AL is 10-0-1 in the last 11 meetings and has won all five since home-field advantage in the World Series became a reward for the winner in 2003.

Off to the clubhouses.

---Mike Harrington


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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