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AL Snaps 3 Game Skid In All Star Game

Associated Press - July 16, 2013 11:52 pm

NEW YORK (AP) – Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect eighth inning in his final All Star appearance, Jose Bautista, J.J. Hardy and Jason Kipnis drove in runs to back a night of pulsating pitching, and the American League beat the National League 3-0 Tuesday night to stop a three year losing streak.

Ten pitchers combined on a three hitter and the 43 year old Rivera, who is retiring at the end of the season, remained unscored on in nine All-Star innings. The only older pitcher to appear in an All Star game was 47 year old Satchel Paige.

Rivera was left alone on the field for a 90 second standing ovation, waving his cap to the crowd and touching it to his heart as the other All Stars watched from the dugout railing and applauded.

Bautista had a sacrifice fly in the fourth off Patrick Corbin that stopped the AL’s 17 inning scoreless streak. Hardy added a run scoring grounder in the fifth against Cliff Lee and Kipnis hit an RBI double in the eighth off Craig Kimbrell.