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American League prevails in extras, All-Star Game sets record with 10 homers

American League prevails in extras, All-Star Game sets record with 10 homers American League prevails in extras, All-Star Game sets record w...

American League prevails in extras, All-Star Game sets record with 10 homers

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WASHINGTON â€" Breaking down the 2018 MLB All-Star Game from Nationals Park:

American League 8, National League 6, 10 innings

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The final: It seems only fitting the Midsummer Classic would reflect the two major trends in the game today: home runs and strikeouts.

Houston Astros teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer hit back-to-back homers in the top of the 10th inning to propel the American League to an 8-6 win -- its 13 victory in the last 16 All-Star games.

"I think it's fu n. I like competing. I like going head-to-head," said Bregman, who was named the game's MVP for his go-ahead blast.

"I feel like I've been in those situations a lot in the last two years and I failed in them probably just as much as I've succeeded in them. But I think the times you fail in those moments, it gets you better for the next time you're in that situation."

The same could be said for the AL, which appeared to have things well in hand after Jean Segura broke a 2-2 tie with three-run blast in the seventh.

But Christian Yelich slugged an opposite-field homer in the eighth and Scooter Gennett tied the game with one out in the ninth with a two-run rocket off the major leagues’ saves leader, Edwin Diaz.

The NL mounted a short-lived rally in the bottom of the 10th as Joey Votto's solo shot cut the margin to two runs. However, J.A. Happ got the final three outs to close out the victory.

The 10 home runs were the most in All-Star history.

"This is an All-Star Game. This is a different animal when you have guys just red-lining and throwing as hard as they can, you’re seeing upper 90s fastballs with all these breaking balls. The hitters are in a tough spot," said NL starter Max Scherzer. "You’re not going to string three hits together, so they’re swinging for the fence. Yeah, this is what you’re going to see."

Earlier in the game, the AL broke out on top early on homers from Aaron Judge and Mike Trout, but the National League rallied to tie on solo shots from Willson Contreras and Trevor Story.

Meanwhile, the two pitching staffs combined for 25 strikeouts â€" 12 by AL pitchers and 13 by the NL.

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Man of the moment: At age 24, Bregman has already established a track record of delivering big hits in the clutch. Most notably, he won Game 5 of last year's World Series with a walk-off single against Dodgers close r Kenley Jansen.

Leading off the 10th against another Dodgers pitcher, Ross Stripling, he sent a 94 mph fastball on a line over the fence in left-center to put the AL ahead for good.

"I kinda went into battle mode and was just trying to put a line drive in play and it left the yard, Bregman said. "It was crazy. It was a lot of fun."

Winning the Ted Williams All-Star MVP trophy with the game being played in Washington had an extra special meaning for Bregman and his family.

"My grandfather was the general counsel for the Washington Senators, and my dad grew up on (former Senators manger) Ted Williams' lap," he explained. "So to see Ted Williams Most Valuable Player on this trophy is pretty special."

Bregman said the family had a photo of his father with Williams, which the youngster saw often growing up.

"My dad always told me, 'You've got to be the next guy to hit .400 in the big leagues,� 39;"Bregman recalled. However, he admitted if someone is going to accomplish that feat, it might be his teammate, Jose Altuve.

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Max effort: Scherzer, as expected, was pumped to be starting his second consecutive All-Star Game, especially since he was pitching in front of his home crowd.

Nationals manager Dave Martinez, who’s on the NL coaching staff, told reporters before the game he had to remind Scherzer serveral times not to get overly excited. “If he starts throwing 98 (mph), I may start worrying,” Martinez said.

After striking out leadoff hitter Mookie Betts on an 88 mph cutter, Scherzer ramped up his heater and fanned No. 2 batter Jose Altuve on a fastball that hit … yep, 98.

If Scherzer has a weakness, however, it’s been the home run ball. And in an otherwise typically dominant Scherzer start, he made one mistake.

Leading off the second inning, New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hit an 0-1 Scherzer fastb all 399 feet to left to give the AL a 1-0 lead.

"I hit my spot. I hit the glove. But he’s 6-7. You’ve got to throw it higher and higher against him," Scherzer said. "He put a great swing on it. I tip my cap, move on, learn my lesson. Maybe if I ever see him again, I realize now I’ve got to go high."

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Sustained excellence: Mike Trout continues to make the Midsummer Classic his own personal showcase. The two-time All-Star MVP drew a walk his first time up against NL starter MaxScherzer, then launched a 1-2 pitch from Jacob deGrom over the left-field fence in the third to give the AL a 2-0 lead.

It was Trout’s second All-Star home run and his fifth extra-base hit. Only Ted Williams, with seven, has more.

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Manny on the move? With evidence mounting that Manny Machado will be traded before the regular season resumes, the All-Star Game may end up being his final game in an Orioles unifor m.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the odds-on favorites to land Machado, and as luck would have it, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp hit a rocket down the left field line and pulled into second base with a stand-up double.

Who was there to greet him? None other than AL shortstop Manny Machado â€" which meant it was the perfect time to take a selfie.

Kemp said before the game he is friends with Machado and felt like if Manny knew he was coming to L.A., he would have told him. Perhaps he did just then.

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Needing a mulligan: National League first baseman Joey Votto had a chance to end Segura’s at-bat one pitch before his game-winning home run when he dropped a foul ball by the NL dugout.

Votto had a long run as the high foul fly came down on the dugout side of the railing and it hit off the heel of his glove. The former Gold Glover bobbled it for a second and bounced away, just eluding his grasp. Votto was charged with an error on the p lay.

When he came to the plate in the next inning, the Reds first baseman got a smattering of boos from the crowd.

And even when he settled under a routine pop fly in the top of the ninth, the fans still razzed Votto. Tough crowd.

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What you missed on TV: Washington’s traditional Presidents Race, held every game in the middle of the fourth inning, featured the four presidents starting out dancing to music from a make-believe boom box on the right field warning track.

Theodore Roosevelt broke out of the pack and held a huge lead, but in one of the running Nationals Park gags, Teddy was blindsided by a flying rabbit and knocked to the ground. That allowed George Washington to cruise past the carnage and claim an easy victory.

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American League players celebrate the win. Fullscreen Alex Bregman and George Springer celebrate after Bregman's 10th-inning homer. Fullscreen Alex Bregman hits the go-ahead home run in the top of the 10th. Fullscreen George Springer celebrates after his home run in the top of the 10th. Fullscreen Jesus Aguilar reacts after he hit a fly ball to the warning track in the bottom of the ninth inning. Fullscreen Scooter Gannett reacts after hitting a home run to tie the ga me in the ninth inning. Fullscreen National League players celebrate after Scooter Gennett's home run in the ninth inning. Fullscreen Scooter Gannett hits a game-tying homer in the ninth inning. Fullscreen Christian Yelich celebrates his eighth-inning homer with Charlie Blackmon. Fullscreen Jean Segura celebrates in the dugout after his homer in the eighth inning. Fullscreen Jean Segura celebrates his home run in the eighth inning. Fullscreen Jean Segura flips his bat after hitting a three-run homer in the eighth inning. Fullscreen Jean Segura celebrates with teammates after his home run in the eighth inning. Fullscreen Jean Segura celebrates with American League third base coach Gary Pettis of the Houston Astros after hitting a three-run homer in the eighth inning. Fullscreen George Springer singles in the eighth inning. Fullscreen Josh Hader of the Brewers pitches in the eighth inning. Fullscreen Charlie Morton of the Houston Astros pitches during the seventh inning. Fullscreen Trevor Story of the Colorado Rockies rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the seventh inning. Fullscreen Eugenio Suarez throws to first in the sixth inning. Fullscreen Joey Votto tags out Yan Gomez in the seventh inning. Fullscreen Jose Berrios shares a laugh with Salvador Perez. Fullscreen Jose Berrios pitches in the fifth inning. Fullscreen Mike Trout takes a selfie in the outfield with Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge. Fullscreen Bryce Harper strikes out in the fourth inning. Fullscreen Justin Verlander reacts near the dugout. Fullscreen Manny Machado takes a selfie on second base with Nick Markakis. Fullscreen A bunny mascot tackles Teddy during the presidents race. Fullscreen A view of the president race. Fullscreen A view of Nationals Park during the game. Fullscreen Jose Altuve fields a ground ball in the third inning. Fullscreen Blake Snell pitches in the third inning. Fullscreen Willson Contreras celebrates his home run in the third inning. Fullscreen Mike Trout hits a home run in the thir d inning. Fullscreen Jacob deGrom pitches in the third inning. Fullscreen Mookie Betts in the outfield. Fullscreen Luis Severino and American League teammates take a selfie. Fullscreen Aaron Judge celebrates his home run in the second inning with Manny Machado. Fullscreen Aaron Judge rounds the bases after his homer in the second inning. Fullscreen Aaron Judge rounds the bases after his home run in the second inning. Fullscreen Aaron Judge homers in the second inning. Fullscreen A young fan waves from the stands. Fullscreen Max Scherzer delivers a pitch in the first inning. Fullscreen Chris Sale pitches in the first inning. Fullscreen Mike Trout goes from first to third on a single in the first inning. Fullscreen Max Scherzer pitches in the first inning. Fullscreen Navy planes perform a flyover prior to the game. Fullscreen The American League team lines up before the game. Fullscreen T he National League team lines up before the game. Fullscreen A choir performs national anthem. Fullscreen Mike Trout takes the field during player introductions. Fullscreen Aaron Judge and Luis Severino of the New York Yankees in the dugout before the game. Fullscreen An All-Star banner is shown on the field before the game. Fullscreen Manny Machado in the dugout before the game. FullscreenReplay
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