PHOENIX -- The next destination during the All-Star odyssey for C.J. Wilson is the beach, where he was headed upon departing Chase Field on Tuesday night.
Fittingly, the Texas Rangers' left-hander offered up some surfer lingo to describe his first appearance in the Midsummer Classic.
"Bummer," he said.
Wilson was tagged for a three-run homer by Prince Fielder in the fourth inning and was saddled with the loss as the National League rode the homer to a 5-1 victory over the American League.
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Fielder was named the game's MVP as he helped give the NL home-field advantage in the World Series after its second straight All-Star victory. It helped San Francisco beat the Rangers in October.
A hanging cutter contributed to the NL beating Wilson and the AL before a sellout crowd of 47,994.
"Instead of grip it and rip it, I gripped it and slipped it," Wilson said of the 2-2 pitch to Fielder. "It was a total failure to give up a three-run homer in the All-Star Game. It's a bummer."
Texas' Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre started for the AL, and each went 1 for 2. Their hits came in the top of the fourth, when the AL scored its only run on a solo shot by Adrian Gonzalez off Cliff Lee.
Jose Bautista followed with a bloop single off Fielder's glove, and Hamilton had a broken-bat single. Beltre followed with a liner to left, but Houston outfielder Hunter Pence, from Arlington, threw Bautista out at home.
"I thought I had an RBI single right there, but Pence had other ideas," said Beltre, who made his first All-Star start.
Wilson entered. Carlos Beltran started with an infield single, and Matt Kemp followed with a single in front of Hamilton in left field. Fielder's homer hit off the top of the wall in left-center field, just to the left of the 413-feet sign.
"Of course, he didn't want to give up a homer, but that's baseball," Beltre said of Wilson, who got the next three hitters after the Fielder homer. "One mistake to Fielder, and we all know what kind of hitter he is."
All five Rangers played. Alexi Ogando retired the only two hitters he faced in the eighth inning, and Michael Young played third base and struck out to start the ninth inning in his only at-bat.
"It stinks we lost," Hamilton said. "That's why you play the game. It was fun. I hope the fans enjoyed the game. Now it's back to reality."
Washington, as he does after each Rangers loss, didn't make any excuses. The NL had superior pitching over an AL staff that was without Justin Verlander, Felix Hernandez, James Shields and CC Sabathia, who all pitched Sunday and weren't eligible to pitch.
"It's not like they ran all over us. They put one big inning together," said Washington, who used one of his manager's picks on Wilson. "Like I always say, pitching shuts down hitting. You can't make any excuses. The NL beat us."
The five Rangers players selected to the game, not to mention the coaching staff as a reward for winning the AL pennant last year, said they had a memorable experience.
Washington said that he hopes to get the chance to manage the AL team again.
To do that, he will have to lead the Rangers back to the World Series.
"I had quite a lot of fun," Washington said. "I think I could do a lot with these guys if I had them for more than one game. I wanted to win just as bad as anyone in this stadium, but it didn't happen."
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