NEW YORK -- Bay Area players made a modest contribution in Tuesday's All-Star game, but the National League bats were even more limited as the American League snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory at Citi Field on a night that was dominated by one special moment.
All-time saves leader Mariano Rivera pitched a ceremonial eighth inning in his final All-Star game as A.L. players delayed taking the field to allow the Yankees closer center stage for a standing ovation.
After Rivera got the Brewers' Carlos Gomez on a grounder to short to end a 1-2-3 inning, he exited to another ovation and congratulations from his teammates. He was selected as the game's MVP.
"We were playing for one guy today," said A's closer Grant Balfour, who pitched a scoreless sixth.
Rivera, when asked about the players staying in the dugout while he took the field, said: "No, I wasn't expecting that. I wanted to come in and do my job. And when I got to the mound, I see both sides, both teams in the dugout, and it was amazing, it almost made me cry, too. I was close. It was amazing, a scene that I will never forget."
Ten A.L. pitchers combined to limit the N.L. to three hits. Chris Sale of the White Sox went two innings for the victory, and Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin took the loss. Joe Nathan of Texas pitched the ninth for the save, working around a two-out double by Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt.
Giants catcher Buster Posey came up with a runner on and his team trailing 2-0 in the seventh inning against the Blue Jays' Steve Delabar but struck out on an 85 mph slider. The N.L. never threatened after that.
No other A's or Giants got into the game. Other players with Bay Area ties who played were Cal alum Allen Craig (Cardinals), who lined out batting against Rivera, and South Bay product Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies), who started and went 0 for 2.
Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays, J.J. Hardy of the Orioles and Jason Kipnis of the Indians drove in runs for the American League, which earned home-field advantage in the World Series and pulled within 43-39-2 in the series. An eighth-inning double by Kipnis was the fourth two-bagger for the A.L., one short of the All-Star game record.
But it was Rivera, at 43 the oldest All-Star since Carlton Fisk in 1991 and the second-oldest pitcher to appear in an All-Star game -- Satchel Paige was 47 in 1953 -- who was the center of attention in his farewell season.
Rivera came in from the bullpen to Metallica's "Enter Sandman," just like across town at Yankee Stadium, and was left alone on the field for 90 seconds to take in a stirring ovation.
A.L. manager Jim Leyland, who wanted to be sure he got Rivera into the game, said: "I said to the players before the game, I said I'm not a motivational speaker, but my motivation for tonight is to work our fannies off and bring in the greatest closer of all time. I think you all understand that if something freaky would have happened ... there possibly wouldn't have been (a ninth inning), so that's why I did it."
Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter had asked Rivera to speak to his teammates before the game.
"Torii Hunter, he spoke, told me to say something," Rivera said. "What I said was that I was honored and it was a privilege for me to play with all of them, you know, for so many years; this is my 13th year as an All-Star, and many of them, it was their first one. I told them just make sure they enjoy, because it goes quick."
Rivera pitched a total of nine innings in All-Star play over his career, allowing an unearned run in 2000.
Leyland and N.L. manager Bruce Bochy combined to employ 18 pitchers, but everyone Leyland sent to the mound baffled the N.L. The N.L. didn't even get a baserunner until the Cardinals' Carlos Beltran singled with one out in the fourth.
In his much-hyped start, Matt Harvey of the host Mets went two scoreless innings, but not without some drama.
The Angels' Mike Trout doubled down the first base line on Harvey's first pitch, belly-sliding into second. Harvey's third pitch hit the Yankees' Robinson Cano in the right leg, bringing a trainer out to check on him. One out later, Cano removed himself and was replaced by the Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia. Harvey escaped on a fly ball and a strikeout.
Cano -- and the Yankees -- escaped as well, as X-rays proved negative. Cano said he doesn't expect to miss any games.
That was it for either team until the fourth, when the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera doubled, went to third on Chris Davis' liner off the glove of Reds first baseman Joey Votto and scored on Bautista's fly to center.
Max Scherzer of the Tigers opened with a 1-2-3 first inning before giving way to Sale.
A couple of Orioles generated a run in the fifth. Adam Jones led off with a double off the Phillies' Cliff Lee. Minnesota's Joe Mauer singled, and Hardy delivered the run with a fielder's choice grounder.
The A.L. added a run in the eighth when Kipnis doubled to left, scoring the Royals' Salvador Perez from third.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.