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Andrew Miller channeled the drama of bullpen mate Cody Allen in his MLB All-Star Game appearance in Miami Tuesday night, falling behind a couple of hitters and relying on fine fielding behind him to emerge with the save.
Miller, after going 3-0 on the first hitter he faced and walking Joey Votto, fanned Los Angeles' Cody Bellinger on a nasty slider to clinch the American League's 2-1 victory in 10 innings.
The lefty had a dicey start to the 2017 MLB All-Star Game, falling behind Corey Seager 3-0. Seager took advantage of the hitter's count, blasting a 3-1 liner to right, but Detroit's Justin Upton, normally an AL Central rival, made a gorgeous catch behind Miller.
Miller then got ahead 1-2 on Ender Inciarte, but Inciarte wouldn't chase a pair of nasty sliders just below the zone. Inciarte fouled off a full-count slider, before grounding out to Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor, who flashed his range going up the middle before making a perfect throw.
After walking Votto and throwing ball one to Bellinger, he blazed a pair of outer third heaters by Bellinger before turning to his devastating slider for the final strike.
While Miller and Lindor made the final Cleveland impression Tuesday, third baseman Jose Ramirez proved a worthy All-Star for Cleveland, recording hits in both of his at-bats and stealing a base. While Lindor went 0-for-2, he followed his fine fielding play in the 10th with his signature grin. Outfielder Michael Brantley hit into a double play in the 10th inning, but singled earlier in the evening.