Brock Holt stole second base and scored a run as the American League beat the National League Tuesday night. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Brock Holt steals base, scores run as AL wins All-Star Game

Ryan Hannable
July 14, 2015 - 7:34 pm
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CINCINNATI -- Brock Holt didn't get into the game until the seventh inning, but when he did he made it count. Pinch-running after Mike Trout walked, Holt stole second and then scored on a double by Manny Machado, which gave the American League a 4-2 lead at the time. Prince Fielder later added a sacrifice fly in the inning for the fifth American League run, and the visitors would add another later on to beat the National League, 6-3. As a result, the AL will have home-field advantage in the World Series. "It was great," Holt said. "Anytime you come to games like this you want to get in -- at least get an at-bat or something. Play a few innings in the field, run the bases a little bit. It was a lot of fun out there." "Not a delayed steal, just looking for a ball down in the dirt and saw the angle down and read it from there," Holt added on his stolen base. Holt stayed in the game and played left field for the final three innings. He caught two fly balls in the ninth inning, including the final out and had one appearance at the plate, striking out swinging against Reds hard-throwing lefty reliever Aroldis Chapman to leadoff the ninth. Chapman touched 100 mph or more on four of the five pitches Holt saw, including 101 on the final swing and miss. "As soon as I made the team I kind of figured I would face Chapman," Holt said. "I was trying to get mentally prepared for that a week ago, but still didn't help me out. I knew I would probably get an at-bat late and he would probably be throwing late. It was one of those things, he's not fun to face, but you want to face the best and he's one of them. It was fun." Trout kicked the game off in style with a leadoff home run to right, but the lead didn't last long as the NL tied the game in the second inning when Jhonny Peralta singled home Paul Goldschmidt. With his home run and reaching base three times, Trout was named MVP of the game for the second straight year, the first player ever to win it in back-to-back years. He became the fifth player ever to win the award on multiple occasions, joining Willie Mays, Steve Garvey, Gary Carter and Cal Ripken Jr. The American League scored twice in the fifth inning to take a 3-1 lead. Prince Fielder had a pinch-hit, RBI single and Lorenzo Cain had an RBI double. The National League got a run back in the sixth on an Andrew McCutchen leadoff home run and scored a run in the ninth on a Brandon Crawford sacrifice fly, but it was too little too late. Brian Dozier of the Twins gave the AL their final run with a solo homer to center field in the eighth inning. Mets lefty Jacob deGrom, along with Chapman were the best pitchers of the night, as deGrom struck out the side in the sixth inning on just 10 pitches, becoming the first pitcher in All-Star history to strike out three batters on 10 pitches or less. Chapman struck out the side in the ninth on 14 pitches. The American League now has won three straight Midsummer Classics and is 21-6-1 the last 28 years.

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