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Tuesday night the National League snapped a 13 game losing streak to their rivals from the American League with a 3-1 victory. As expected, it was pitching for the National League that shut down the big bats from the AL.

Starting off with to scoreless innings from starter Ubaldo Jiminez, the NL used nine pitchers in all to combine for an 8 strikeout performance in which a two out double from Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann drove in three runs in the seventh inning, which proved to be the difference in the game.

There was a feeling of “here we go again” for National League fans, as the ninth inning was led off by a single from David Ortiz of the Red Sox. However, Chicago Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd made a heads up play on a short fly ball from the Blue Jays’ John Buck that landed just in front of him. Byrd grabbed the ball on one bounce, turned and fired a one hopper to second base to get the force out on Ortiz, who was stuck waiting between first and second to see if the ball would drop or be caught.

Washington Nationals right hander Matt Capps got the win, with the loss going to Phil Hughes of the New York Yankees. The save was recorded by Jonathon Broxton of the Los Angeles Dodgers.


David Ortiz before the game wearing the Reebok Zig Pulse.David Ortiz before the game wearing the Reebok Zig Pulse PE, shares a laugh with Alex Rodriguez.

Yadier Molina in the Nike Trainer 1.2 PE and Rawlings Catchers GloveYadier Molina in the Nike Trainer 1.2 PE Boom Pack.
Ubaldo Jimenez in New Balance PE Cleats and Rawlings Custom Stitched GloveUbaldo Jimenez in New Balance PE Cleats and Rawlings Custom Stitched Glove.

Torii Hunter wearing Nike Singman Cleats and Rawlings Mark of a Pro glove.Torii Hunter wearing Nike Swingman cleats and Rawlings Mark of a Pro glove.

Brian McCann wearing the Mizuno Vintage Pro G3 batting gloves.Brian McCann wearing the Mizuno Vintage Pro G3 batting gloves.

Albert Pujols in the Nike Diamond Fury Retro Albert Pujols in the Nike Diamond Fury Retro PE.

Ichiro Suzuki makes a nice grab with his Rawlings glove.Ichiro Suzuki makes a nice grab with his Rawlings fielder’s glove.

Marlon Byrd slides in safely wearing the Nike Zoom Coop V.Marlon Byrd slides in safely wearing the Nike Zoom Coop V.

Brian Wilson wearing the Nike Diamond Elite "Boom Pack"Brian Wilson wearing the Nike Diamond Elite Boom Pack.

Derek Jeter wearing the Jordan Jeter ThrowbackDerek Jeter wearing the Jordan Jeter Throwback.

Evan Longoria wearing the Nike Diamond Elite PE.Evan Longoria wearing the Nike Diamond Elite PE.

Ryan Braun makes a diving catch with his Wislon Fielder's Glove.Ryan Braun makes a diving catch with his Wilson fielder’s glove.

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