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Four of the six hits came from starters. Jose Bautista of Toronto, the major league’s runaway leader with 31 home runs, made a spectacular catch running into the wall in foul territory, but after he singled, he was thrown out easily trying to score from second on Adrian Beltre’s single to left, ending the fourth inning. The National League scored three in its half of the fourth on game MVP Prince Fielder’s homer, and the AL sputtered from there.

Cabrera said he hurt himself on a checked swing in his only at-bat in relief of the starter Gonzalez.

Curtis Granderson of the Yankees called the two-year scoring woes “just a coincidence.”

Boston’s Kevin Youkilis said the National League simply “has a lot of great players.”

“They’ve got great pitching and great hitting and you never know what’s going to happen,” he said. “That’s what makes these things kind of fun, because it’s a crapshoot.”

He shrugged off the prospect of the Red Sox facing a road disadvantage should they reach the World Series.

“I’ve got the philosophy that we’ve got to win on the road anyway,” he said.