MINNEAPOLIS, MN (WHBL) - The American League won its second straight All-Star Game, 5-3 Tuesday night in Minneapolis. All four Milwaukee Brewers on the National League squad had solid performances. Jonathan Lucroy hit a pair of R-B-I doubles in his two at-bats. Aramis Ramirez singled and doubled. He scored the N-L's first run in the second inning, after the A-L jumped out on top 3-0. Carlos Gomez struck out and popped out, but he had a couple of nice catches in his unfamiliar position in left field, where he robbed the game's M-V-P, Mike Trout, of an extra-base hit in the third frame. Brewers' closer Francisco Rodriguez walked a batter but threw an otherwise perfect sixth inning. It ended when Dee Gordon made a great play on a grounder at second base. Saint Louis reliever Pat Neshek, who was born in Madison and raised in suburban Minneapolis, took the loss while giving up the deciding two runs in the fifth which broke a 3-3 tie. Ex-Brewers' pitcher Zack Greinke of the L-A Dodgers threw a perfect frame. Former Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Adam Jones of Baltimore and Felix Hernandez of Seattle both played for the American League. Hernandez struck out a pair, gave up a hit, and threw a wild pitch in his one inning of work. Jones and former Brewers' prospect Nelson Cruz of the Orioles both went 0 for 2 with a strikeout. Michael Brantley of Cleveland, whom Milwaukee traded in 2008 to rent C-C Sabathia for a playoff run, went 0 for 1. The N-L only went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position, as the American League earned the home-field advantage for this fall's World Series.
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