Holy homers! AL tops NL 8-6 in 10th
10 total home runs hit, an ASG record
WASHINGTON (AP) — Houston teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer hit back-to-back homers in the 10th inning, and the American League beat the National League 8-6 in a power-crazy All-Star Game.
There were 10 homers on the night at Nationals Park, shattering the previous All-Star Game record of six. Seven came in the seventh inning or later.
Bregman was named the MVP of the game.
While the power display entertained the fans who stuck around for the end of the 3 hour, 34-minute game, the one-dimensional exhibition won’t allay any concerns about a sport that’s becoming defined by home runs, strikeouts and walks.
Thirteen of the 14 runs came in on homers. All but two of them were solo shots. Jean Segura’s three-run homer in the eighth was the only hit with a man in scoring position.
Scooter Gennett tied it for the National League in the ninth with a two-run homer. Then Astros teammates Bregman and Springer took Ross Stripling deep.
Earlier, Trevor Story homered in the seventh inning to draw the National League even 2-2. It was Story’s first All-Star at-bat.
Willson Contreras also went deep for the NL in his first time at the plate as an All-Star.