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Bucs Vazquez Makes Most Of First All-Star Nod, But NL Loses 8-6

He struck out two with a ground out in an inning of work

July 18, 2018 - 12:17 pm

WASHINGTON (AP/93.7 The Fan) —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.

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.

Pirates All-Star closer Felipe Vazquez, whose career started in Washington, made the most of his first ASG game. He pitched the top of the 7th striking out two with a groundout, a single and a walk .

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