Prince Fielder blasted a three-run homer as the National League beat the American League 5-1 in Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game.
Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Fielder drove in Carlos Beltran of the New York Mets and Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth inning last night to give the National League a 3-1 lead at Chase Field in Phoenix.
Fielder is the first Brewer to hit a home run in an All-Star game and the only Milwaukee player to be named the Most Valuable Player at the midseason exhibition.
“I’m happy he came through for us,” Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips said in a televised interview. “He had a great year.”
The NL has won the past two All-Star Games after ending a 13-year losing streak. Victory in the 82nd edition gives the NL a 42-38-2 record over the AL and home field advantage in this year’s World Series.
“It’s really beneficial to have the first two home games,” said Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants, who pitched the final two outs last night to get the save.
The Giants beat the AL champion Texas Rangers in last year’s World Series.
Adrian Gonzalez of the Boston Red Sox, who was second in the Home Run Derby behind Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees, hit a home run in the fourth inning to give the AL a 1-0 lead.
After Fielder’s 410-foot homer, his Brewers teammate Rickie Weeks crossed the plate in the fifth on a single by Andre Ethier of the Dodgers to make it 4-1. Pablo Sandoval completed the scoring in the seventh with a run-scoring double.
Tyler Clippard of the Washington Nationals, one of 10 NL pitchers, was credited with the win after allowing one hit in one-third inning.
The Rangers’ C.J. Wilson got the loss after giving up three hits and three runs in one inning.