Final score: National League 3, American League 1
Leading lads: Against a nasty left-hander in the top of the seventh, Brian McCann(notes) removed the weight of 13 seasons without an NL victory by lining a go-ahead, three-run double. McCann came in 0 for 3 in four All-Star appearances. If the Braves, who lead the NL East at the break, can make it to the World Series, they can thank McCann — the Ted Williams MVP of the game — for earning home-field advantage.
Head hangers: After the AL staff put up zeroes through six innings, the Yankees' Phil Hughes(notes) and White Sox left-hander Matt Thornton(notes) combined to surrender the lead in the seventh. Hughes allowed a pair of singles and Thornton a walk before, with two outs, he left a fastball up for McCann. Hughes takes the loss. ... The only reason the AL scored at all was the throwing error made by Los Angeles left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo(notes) in the fifth. Robinson Cano(notes) followed with a sacrifice fly to score Evan Longoria(notes). ... AL manager Joe Girardi kept Alex Rodriguez(notes) on the bench in case he needed to run for Adrian Beltre(notes), who has a sore hamstring. He was the only pinch runner available for Ortiz.
Big play: A left-handed batter, McCann handled an 0-1 fastball by another lefty, Thornton, with apparent ease. He pulled it into the right-field corner for the biggest hit for the NL in an All-Star Game in ... forever.
Big stat: The AL had been 12-0-1 in All-Star Games since 1997.
What they're saying:
"I just had to make up my mind — either dive or just try to let it drop and then spin and fire. At the last second, I knew I wasn't going to get there." — Marlon Byrd
"We were talking about pinch-running him in a situation. We also had a little issue with Beltre and we were concerned about his hamstring, so if we get the tying run on, Al was going to pinch run and then go in." — Girardi, on why he didn't use A-Rod to pinch run for Big Papi
What's next: The second half starts Thursday.