The American League has been victorious in the MLB All Star Game once again thanks to Ichiro Suzuki, who hit the first inside-the-park home run in All Star game history which led to the team’s 5-4 win on Tuesday night. Suzuki hit the ball off the right-field wall at AT&T Park which got away from Ken Griffey Jr. The win is the 10th in the row for the American League. It is the second longest winning streak in the game’s history, second only to the National League’s 11 game streak from 1972-1982.

The homer also took the spotlight away from Barry Bonds, the home town hero who was given the warmest welcome by fans at the pre-game ceremony. He got three hits, was the game’s MVP, and is about to receive a large contract extension. The only other two inside-the-park-home runs made at AT&T park wer eby Fernando Vina in 2000 and Dustan Mohr in 2004. His two runs put the AL league ahead in the fifth inning with Carl Crawford and Victor Martinez giving the team five runs. However, their title was threatened when the National League loaded the bases on three walks in the ninth inning after Alfonso Soriano hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth. Then Aaron Rowand flied out to Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez to save the game for the AL.

Both teams started the game tied with 326 runs total each in the All Star game. After this week’s win, the AL’s record is now 40-36-2 and is 5-0 since the All-Star winners were given home field advantage in the World Series. Next year’s game takes place in Yankee Stadium in New York. Fans at the game were encouraged to come.

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