Tuesday, July 11, 2006

All Star Game Wrap Up [J. Mark English]

Two-Out Ninth-Inning Rally Lifts AL Past NL Pittsburgh, PA -- (Sports Network) -

Michael Young of the Texas Rangers tripled home two runs with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the American League to a 3-2 victory over the National League in the 77th All-Star Game at PNC Park.
The National League was ahead 2-1 and closing in on its first All-Star win since 1996 with San Diego's Trevor Hoffman on the mound to close it out. He retired the first two batters, but Chicago White Sox slugger Paul Konerko singled and Toronto's Troy Glaus followed with a ground-rule double.
Young fell behind in the count before ripping a shot to the gap in right- center field, scoring pinch-runner Jose Lopez of Seattle and Glaus to put the American League ahead.
Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees worked around a one-out error in the bottom of the ninth to earn the save. Toronto's B.J. Ryan was credited with the victory.
The American League won its fourth straight All-Star Game -- all with home- field advantage in the World Series on the line -- and improved to 9-0-1 in the last 10 meetings with the Senior Circuit.
Vladimir Guerrero of the Angels accounted for the first American League run with a solo homer.
David Wright of the New York Mets homered for the National League and Mets teammate Carlos Beltran stroked a pair of hits and scored a run in defeat.