November 21, 2014

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All-Stars: American League’s losing streak ends with 3-0 victory

NEW YORK — Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect eighth inning in his final All-Star appearance, Jose Bautista, J.J. Hardy and Cleveland’s 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 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.

American League’s Miguel Cabrera is congratulated by Jose Bautista after scoring on Bautista’s sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. (AP PHOTO)

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.

Matt Harvey and Max Scherzer dazzled with pitching at the start.

Scherzer combined with Chris Sale, Felix Hernandez, Matt Moore and Grant Balfour on a one-hitter, allowing only Carlos Beltran’s one-out single in the fourth.

The Yankees got a scare when Harvey hit Robinson Cano on the side of his right knee in the first inning, forcing him from the game. An X-ray was negative, and Cano was diagnosed with a bruised quadriceps that did not seem major.

“A little tight. I didn’t want to aggravate it and just try to play through a situation,” Cano said. “Nothing bad.”