FLUSHING, N.Y. — Mariano Rivera and the rest of the American League pitching staff hung a three-hit shutout on the National League in a brisk 3-0 victory in the 84th edition of the All-Star Game.
The crowd at Citi Field sat through a pitcher’s duel Tuesday, with six AL hurlers making perfect appearances, including Rivera, who tossed a flawless eighth inning in his 13th and final Midsummer Classic.
White Sox left-hander Chris Sale breezed through two frames to earn the win, while Jason Kipnis, Jose Bautista and J.J. Hardy each contributed an RBI in the victory.
The outcome ended the NL’s three-game winning streak, gave the Junior Circuit home-field advantage for the World Series and marked the first time the Senior Circuit had been shut out since 1990.
Arizona’s Patrick Corbin, one of a record 39 first-time participants, gave up a run in the fourth inning to take the loss behind Matt Harvey, who got the starting nod in front of the hometown Mets fans.
Torii Hunter of Pine Bluff went 0 for 1 Tuesday night. The Tigers right fielder played center field, going in for former Angels teammate Mike Trout, who led off the game with a double.
Commercial sports editor I.C. Murrell contributed to the article.