Contreras makes history in thrilling All-Star Game

2018 MLB All-Star Game: American League Wins 8-6

Contreras makes history in thrilling All-Star Game

However, in a battle of first-time All-Stars, Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett trumped Seattle Mariners closer Edwin Diaz by hitting a clutch two-run homer to tie the ballgame at 5-5 and force extra innings. Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras blasted Blake Snell's first pitch of the game for a solo shot to left field.

Chris Sale started the game for the American League and needed just nine pitches for a scoreless inning. Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story stepped in to face Astros hurler Charlie Morton in the bottom of the seventh inning. Bregman hit a home run in the 10th inning to break a 5-5 tie.

His Astros teammate George Springer followed with another homer off Stripling.

2018 MLB All-Star Game: American League Wins 8-6

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.

In his first All-Star Game appearance, the MVP award went to Alex Bregman, a strong infield player who was instrumental in winning his AL Houston Astros the 2017 World Series (against the NL's Los Angeles Dodgers).

The National League wasn't going to go quietly, and the Reds' Joey Votto added a solo homer in the bottom of the 10th.

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"There's a great love affair with both results".

That was Segura's first at-bat of the game, so he really made it count.

The National League plated another run in the bottom of the inning, getting a solo shot from Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich. With the 8-6 triumph, the American League defeated the National League for the sixth consecutive year at the Midsummer Classic.

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Interestingly, the Astros had only previous had two home runs in the All-Star Game in franchise history (Cesar Cedeno and Craig Biggio). "They gave me the opportunity to play in the big leagues", Machado said during a midgameTV interview.

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