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MLB All-Star Game 2011: Adrian Gonzalez Homers, But NL Wins, 5-1

Adrian Gonzalez provided all of the offense for the American League with one swing, a solo home run in the fourth inning, but the National League prevailed, 5-1, in the 82nd annual MLB All-Star Game at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday evening.

Gonzalez was 1-for-2 in the game, leading all Red Sox players in the game. David Ortiz, who was the AL's starting DH, was 0-for-2, Kevin Youkilis was 1-for-1 and Jacoby Ellsbury was also 0-for-2.

Josh Beckett, who was scheduled to pitch in the second inning, was scratched after a problem during warm-ups. However, Beckett told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com that it was simply a precautionary move.

Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers was named the MVP of the game, going 1-for-2 with the go-ahead three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Tyler Clippard of the Washington Nationals was the winning pitcher for the NL, giving up one hit in a third of an inning.

C.J. Wilson of the Texas Rangers was the loser for the AL, giving up three hits and three earned - including the homer to Fielder - in one inning.

In the fifth inning, Andre Ethier of the Los Angeles Dodgers singled home Rickie Weeks of the Brewers to put the NL on top, 4-1. Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants hit a ground rule double to left in the seventh inning, plating Hunter Pence of the Houston Astros and putting the NL up, 5-1.

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