Astros duo fires AL to All-Star win over NL

The AL now has won six consecutive All-Star Games. There were 10 homers hit overall, five from each team, a new All-Star record.

American League infielder Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros poses with the MVP trophy after the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark in Washington DC on Tuesday. The AL beat the National League 8-6 in 10 innings. 

Houston teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer hit back-to-back homers in the top of the 10th inning as the American League scored three runs and pulled out an 8-6 victory over the National League on Tuesday night at Nationals Park in Washington DC.

The AL now has won six consecutive All-Star Games. There were 10 homers hit overall, five from each team, a new All-Star record.

Bregman, honored afterward as the game’s Most Valuable Player, homered to lead off the 10th against Ross Stripling of the Dodgers, and Springer blasted his on the following pitch to give the AL a 7-5 lead. Jean Segura of the Mariners, who hit a three-run homer earlier, scored later in the inning on a sacrifice fly from the Indians’ Michael Brantley.

“I was just trying to put it in play and was fortunate that it got out,” Bregman said in a TV interview.

Springer also kept things simple when he came to the plate moments later. “This is kind of one of those things where he had a big swing, and I’m looking to hit a ball hard,” he said in a TV interview.

Cincinnati’s Joey Votto, who dropped a Segura foul pop-up that allowed the Seattle star to slug his three-run homer, homered off JA Happ of Toronto in the 10th to make it 8-6, but the AL held on.

Happ earned the save, and Edwin Diaz of the Seattle Mariners got the win.

Aaron Judge of the Yankees started the scoring in the second inning with a lead-off homer against Washington’s Max Scherzer, who started the game against Boston left-hander Chris Sale.

Mike Trout from the Angels extended it to 2-0 in the third when he hit a solo homer off Jacob deGrom of the Mets.

The NL answered in the bottom half when Cubs catcher Willson Contreras homered against Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell. That cut the lead to 2-1.

Trevor Story of Colorado tied the game in the seventh with a solo shot against Houston’s Charlie Morton. After Segura’s three-run homer in the eighth, Christian Yelich of the Brewers hit another solo homer off Morton in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to 5-3. Scooter Gennett of the Reds tied the game in the ninth with a two-run homer off Diaz.

Also, if various media reports are correct, Baltimore shortstop Manny Machado played as an Oriole for the last time. Numerous outlets are saying he’ll be headed to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He went 0-for-2 in this game.

“It was a tremendous honor to wear this uniform. They gave me the opportunity to play in the big leagues,” Machado said during a midgame TV interview.

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