Halladay, Fielder lead NL to all-star win

Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista is tagged out at home plate while trying to score by Atlanta...

Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista is tagged out at home plate while trying to score by Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes)

Bob Elliott, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:01 AM ET

Roy Halladay started and now perhaps Game 7 of the World Series will be played in Philadelphia.

Halladay's right arm, Prince Fielder's bat and a strong National League bullpen assured a 5-1 NL win at Chase Field Tuesday night before 49,994.

It wasn't to the point where in 1987 Tim Raines tripled home two runs and then said "we aren't losing to no minor leaguers," but the NL was best for the second year in a row.

Booed on Monday during the home run derby for not picking Justin Upton of the hometown Diamondbacks, Fielder had the same people cheering him when he hit a three-run homer to deep centre off C.J. Wilson in the fourth.

It was the first homer by a Brewer in an all-star game ever, leaving Arizona as the only current franchise yet to homer in the game. Hall of Famer Robbie Alomar homered for the Jays in 1993 at Camden Yards in Baltimore, a 9-3 win for the Americans.

Tuesday night's drive, following singles by Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp, gave the NL a 3-1 lead.

Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo homer off lefty Cliff Lee.

Andre Ethier singled with two out to score Rickie Weeks, the first Dodger with an RBI in the all-star game since Mike Piazza in 1996, for the fourth NL run.

The Jays season nearly came to a crashing end ... twice, when Jose Bautista raced around third past coach Dave Anderson, who didn't wave him home or hold him up in the fourth on Adrian Beltre's line single to left. Hunter Pence charged the ball, fielded it on one hop and Bautista was out easily, sliding aggressively into catcher Brian McCann.

"With two out the ball wasn't hit that hard, I never saw the coach," Bautista said.

Two innings earlier, Bautista slid into foul ground in right to catch a drive off the bat of McCann. Bautista made the grab, but his ankle bent awkwardly as he hit the wall.

"My ankle's OK, my leg is OK, watch ... " said Buatista, who then proceeded to jump up and down when asked about his health. "Want me to do some sprints?"

Bautista, who certainly was operating like it was Game 7, was 1-for-2, reaching on a bloop down the right-field line which Fielder was camped under but was unable to make the grab. Bautista said his best memory of the all-star experience was the home run derby.

Ricky Romero, a late add, did not get into the game.

Halladay's hope was to be economical with his pitch count and he was that: a nine-pitch first as Curtis Granderson and Adrian Gonzalez bounced out, sandwiched around a strikeout of Astrubal Cabrera.

He retired Bautista on a first-pitch pop to centre, Josh Hamilton on a grounder and Adrian Beltre on a fly ball to deep right. Ten pitches.

"I figured a lot of guys would swing early so if we made decent pitches hopefully we'd have quick at-bats and that's fortunately what we got," Halladay said. "We had Bautista in Toronto, he was unbelievable; I was happy to get him out on one pitch."

Halladay will make his next start either Monday or Tuesday at Wrigley Field.

"I don't feel like I did anything too strenuous, hopefully the sooner the better," he said. "I don't want to cost myself a start at the end of the year by maybe being pushed back a little bit, but those are the decisions Rich Dubee (pitching coach) will make and he's always been very good about looking out for our best interests."

In Halladay's previous all-star start at St. Louis in 2009, he had a 1-2-3 first and then allowed four hits and three runs in the second.

"We talked a little bit about some of their hitters," Halladay said. "But I knew a few of these guys and had faced them in the past. I had a general idea. But we really didn't go over them. With a new catcher you try to keep it as simple as you can and try to come up with a plan that's not too overwhelming.

"He's got to go out there and catch 15 guys, so we tried to keep it simple."

It was only the sixth time since 1980 a starter has worked two perfect innings joining Roger Clemens (twice), Pedro Martinez, Frank Viola and Steve Stone.

Etobicoke's Joey Votto was hitless in two at-bats and made two fine plays in the field. Montreal Russell Martin didn't get into the game.

First pitch

David Hernandez and former major-league catcher and broadcaster Joe Garagiola threw out the first pitches. Hernandez was an intern working for U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords the day of the tragic Tucson shooting and was credited with helping to save her life as he ran towards the gunfire to give first aid ... John Green, Los Angeles Dodgers scout, and his wife Roxanna and their son Dallas, 11, were on the field as well and a moment of silence was observed. The Greens lost their daugther Christina-Taylor Green, 9, youngsest of six killed in Tucson. Christinia was the granddaughter of former Phillies manager Dallas Green. 


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