American League Wins All Star Game on Robinson Cano’s 10th inning Home Run

Those who tuned into the baseball All-Star Game in Miami on July 11th expecting the power heavy lineups to supply lots of offense instead saw a game dominated by pitching. The game went into extra innings tied 1-1 before the Seattle Mariners’ Robinson Cano hit a solo home run off the Chicago Cubs’ Wade Davis in the top of the 10th.

Cleveland Indians reliever Andrew Miller shut down the National League in the bottom half of the inning to preserve the American League’s 2-1 victory. It was the fifth straight win for the A.L.; the series is tied at 43-43 with one game ending in a tie.

Cano’s winning home run in extra innings came 50 years to the day after the last time an All Star Game was won in extra innings on a home run. On July 11th, 1967, the Cincinnati Reds Tony Perez won that game, played in Anaheim, on a solo home run in the 15th inning, which was the longest All Star Game ever in terms of innings. The final in that game was also 2-1. Perez and several other Latin American born players, several of whom played in the ’67 game, were at the game in Miami and threw out the ceremonial first pitch. In that 1967 game, the American League’s only run came on a home run by another player named Robinson. Baltimore Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson hit a homer off the Cubs’ Ferguson Jenkins in the sixth inning. Both of those players are in the Hall of Fame, as is Tony Perez.

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