87th All-Star Game – American League 4, National League 2
WP – Corey Kluber (1-0) LP – Johnny Cueto (0-1) Save – Zach Britton (1)
Kris Bryant took Chris Sale deep in the first inning and gave the National League a 1-0 lead. Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez hit home runs off Johnny Cueto in the bottom of the second. The Royals’ Eric Hosmer tied the game with a solo homer and the Royals’ Salvador Perez gave the Junior Circuit the lead for good with a two-run shot off former teammate Johnny Cueto.
Eric Hosmer drove in Edwin Encarnacion in the third with a single off Jose Fernandez and increased the AL’s lead to 4-1. The National League made it a 4-2 game in the fourth on a single from Marcell Ozuna that plated Buster Posey.
The National League had numerous chances to score runs but could not string together any hits against the bullpen Ned Yost assembled for the American League. The NL went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base in route to its fourth straight loss to the AL.
Eric Hosmer was named the game’s MVP after going 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI.
The American League Champion will have home field advantage in the World Series. Under the current format in which the All-Star Game determines home field in The Series, the AL has won 11 of the 14 games.
The American League’s dominance over the National League continued Tuesday night at PETCO Park. The American League has won 16 of the last 20 Midsummer Classics.
Kris Bryant (1-for-2 with a home run) provided one of the highlights of the night. Bryant launched the first pitch he saw from Chris Sale out to left. Bryant’s blast gave the NL a 1-0 lead.
Anthony Rizzo (1-for-2) singled to right in the fourth ahead of Marcell Ozuna’s RBI single. Ben Zobrist (0-for-2) and Addison Russell (0-for-2) played the first four innings.
Jon Lester started the seventh inning and did not allow an error by Corey Seager to rattle him. After Mark Trumbo reached on the Seager error, Lester walked Robinson Cano. Ian Desmond grounded into a fielder’s choice that put runners on the corners with one out. Josh Donaldson flied out to left. Trumbo held at third, Desmond went to second on the throw to the plate. Terry Collins had Mark Melancon finish out the seventh. After a walk to Edwin Encarnacion loaded the bases, Melancon retired Francisco Lindor on a grounder to second. Lester completed two-thirds of an inning and did not allow a run or a hit. Lester walked one batter on 15 pitches, nine for strikes.
Jake Arrieta did not pitch Tuesday night.
The Cubs’ season resumes Friday afternoon (1:20pm CDT) at Wrigley Field. Kyle Hendricks is scheduled to face the Rangers in the opener of the three-game series.
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