07/16/2003 2:59 AM ET
A-Rod snaps All-Star Game funk
Rangers shortstop finishes 1-for-3 with a run scored
CHICAGO -- Alex Rodriguez finally broke his All-Star Game slump.
The six-time All-Star went 1-for-3 Tuesday night as the American League secured home-field advantage in this year's World Series with a dramatic 7-6 victory over the National League at U.S. Cellular Field.
Rodriguez entered the contest 0-for-4 in his last two All-Star appearances (2001 and 2002), striking out all four times. The future Hall of Famer's last hit in the Midsummer Classic had been a two-run home run off Andy Ashby in 1998 at Colorado.
Rodriguez struck out in the second inning against San Francisco's Jason Schmidt, extending his whiff streak to five straight at-bats. One inning later, he grounded out to third base against the Phillies' Randy Wolf.
Leading off the bottom of the sixth, the Rangers shortstop grounded a ball to the left of second. Shortstop Rafael Furcal fielded the ball and spun to throw, but the ball sailed into the stands. Rodriguez was credited with a hit on the play and reached second on the throwing error.
Rodriguez then scored on Garret Anderson's home run to right-center, cutting the NL's lead to 5-3 and bringing the AL to within striking distance. When Rangers teammate Hank Blalock smacked the decisive two-run homer in the eighth, the AL capped off the biggest All-Star comeback (four runs) since 1955.
By Damon P. Young / MLB.com
"This was my seventh (All-Star Game) and this was the best one I've ever been involved with," Rodriguez said afterward. "The intensity, guys cared, there was just an extra step to everything. It was the best one I've been involved with.
"Every (All-Star) game is special, but I think everyone understood the ramifications of this one. I think I'll take away Garret (Anderson's) game, (Jason) Giambi's home run and Hank's final blow."
Rodriguez is now 4-for-14 with a homer, one RBI and eight strikeouts at the All-Star Game.
Damon P. Young is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.