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AL holds on to win again, 5-4

SAN FRANCISCO -- The American League has won another All-Star Game, posting a 5-4 win tonight in AT&T Park. Cleveland catcher and ex-Buffalo Bison Victor Martinez provided the key insurance runs with a two-run pinch homer to left off Mets closer Billy Wagner in the top of the eighth. Alfonso Soriano's two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth of Seattle closer J.J. Putz made it close.

The AL got nervous when Putz walked J.J. Hardy and Francisco Rodriguez issued free passes to Derrek Lee (on a disputed full-count check swing) and Orlando Hudson. K-Rod got Aaron Roward to fly to right for the final out.

The AL is 10-0-1 in the last 11 meetings and has won all five since home-field advantage in the World Series became a reward for the winner in 2003.

Off to the clubhouses.

---Mike Harrington

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