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AL win marathon All-Star Game
The American League take a 4-3 victory over the National League at Yankee Stadium.
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2008 07:57 GMT
Red Sox batter J.D. Drew hit a two-run homer to tie the game in the seventh inning [GALLO/GETTY]

The American League secured a 4-3 victory over the National League in the 15th innings of the longest-ever Major League Baseball All-Star game to extend their 12-year unbeaten streak in the Midsummer Classic in New York.

Michael Young lofted a one-out sacrifice fly to right field and Justin Morneau just beat the throw home by Corey Hart to end the four-hour and 50-minute marathon at Yankee Stadium, the final time baseball's best will grace the hallowed turf.

The New York Yankees are moving from the 'House that Ruth Built', which opened in 1923, to a new stadium across the street next season and Tuesday's game was the last All-Star contest at the ground.

Scott Kazmir, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher, took the win after he pitched one scoreless inning for the American League.

Brad Lidge, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, was credited with the loss as the National League failed to register their first All-Star Game victory since 1996.

"You don't like to lose," Clint Hurdle, National League manager, told reporters.

"But I'm proud of the way our team played."

J.D. Drew, Boston Red Sox outfielder, hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning in his first All-Star at-bat for the American League to tie the game 2-2, and was named the game's Most Valuable Player.

The victory in the 79th All-Star Game gives the American League representative home field advantage in the best-of-seven World Series.

Home advantage

"Definitely the home-field advantage adds a lot more," Drew said.

"I've never been a part of an All-Star Game... and didn't know how much guys went out there and actually cared about it."

The teams used a combined 23 pitchers with both sides squandering opportunities to win in extra innings.

The American League stranded 17 baserunners, squandering a bases-loaded, no-out opportunity in the 10th.

The National League left 11 men on base and wasted a bases-loaded, one-out opportunity in the 12th.

However opportunity was not wasted in the 15th when Morneau, Twins first baseman, led off with a single.

One out later Tampa catcher Dioner Navarro singled and Drew followed by drawing a walk to load the bases.

Rangers shortstop Young then lofted a fly ball to medium right setting up a play at the plate.

The game was more than an hour longer than the previous longest All-Star Game, the 15-inning 1967 game won 2-1 by the National League that took three hours and 41 minutes to play.

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