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ST. LOUIS -- The American League extended its unbeaten streak in All-Star Games to 13 with a 4-3 win over the National League in St. Louis on Tuesday night. A pair of first-time All-Stars, Curtis Granderson and Adam Jones, combined to produce the game-winning run in the eighth inning. Granderson hit a one-out triple to left and Jones drove him home two batters later with a sacrifice fly.
Carl Crawford was named the game's MVP after he preserved a 3-3 tie in the seventh by running full speed to the wall in deep left center, timing his jump and robbing Brad Hawpe of a home run.
The American League bullpen proved the difference by allowing just two baserunners in seven innings of work. The NL had two runners in scoring position in the eighth but Joe Nathan of the Twins struck out Phillies slugger and St. Louis native Ryan Howard to end the inning. Mariano Rivera worked a perfect ninth inning for the save.
Both starters were laregely ineffective, as Roy Halladay of the AL gave upfour hits and three runs and Tim Lincecum of the NL yielded two hits and two runs, both of which came in the first inning as the AL jumped out to a 2-0 lead.
Hometown hero Albert Pujols went 0-for-3 and committed an error in the first inning on a Mark Teixeira grounder that allowed Derek Jeter to score the game's first run. After the NL rallied to take a 3-2 lead in the second -- thanks in part to an RBI single by another Cardinal, Yadier Molina -- Pujols later made a pair of diving stops in the fifth inning to help keep the game tied at three.
The NL has not won an All-Star Game since 1996, but the two leagues had a tie at the 2002 All-Star Game in Milwaukee.