CINCINNATI -- This was a "no pitchers" game. A leadoff home run courtesy of Mike Trout put the American League team in the lead early, and despite a retaliation by the National League, the AL scored five more times to come away with a 6-3 All-Star Game victory at Great American Ballpark. Trout was awarded the All-Star Game MVP award for a second straight year.
NL starter Zack Greinke had a rocky start, giving up the leadoff homer to Trout on just the fourth pitch of the game. He needed 16 pitches to get out of the first, though he went on to have a strong second. Greinke ultimately struck out four in his two innings of work before giving way to the myriad of pitchers. Meanwhile, AL starter Dallas Keuchel gave up a run of his own in the second, an RBI single to Jhonny Peralta after he allowed a leadoff single to Paul Goldschmidt.
But it was Prince Fielder who broke the 1-1 tie and gave the AL a lead they'd never relinquish. After an RBI single in the fifth, Fielder hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh to hand the AL the 5-2 lead. Add an RBI double by Lorenzo Cain in that same inning, and a destroyed solo home run in the eighth by Brian Dozier, and the AL had a convincingly strong case to take yet another win.
Once AL manager Ned Yost went to his bullpen, it was essentially over despite a sixth-inning run allowed. Chris Archer -- out for his second inning of work -- gave up a leadoff monster moonshot to Andrew McCutchen to cut the AL lead to 3-2 at the time. He faced one more batter and got him out before being replaced. The game was mostly over by that point, though Aroldis Chapman brought triple-digit heat in the ninth.
Mike Trout: Launched an opposite field leadoff home run on the fourth pitch, giving the AL a 1-0 lead. Trout is now 5-for-8 in his last four All-Star appearances, and has hit for the cycle. He scored two runs and earned MVP honors again.
Prince Fielder: Knocked an RBI double in the fifth inning, scoring Trout from second base. The double completed his career All-Star cycle, becoming just the 10th player to do so.
Brian Dozier: Added to the AL lead, blasting a solo home run to center field in the eighth, making it 6-2.
Lorenzo Cain: The Kansas City Royals outfielder had the game's only multi-hit game and drove in a run.
Jose Iglesias: Because defense, that's why. Iglesias dropped the mic on how it's done at shortstop in the eighth with his inning-ending play.
Andrew McCutchen: Homered to lead off the sixth inning, putting the NL within a run of the AL at the time.
Jacob deGrom: Struck out the side in the sixth inning.
Aroldis Chapman: Threw fire to excite the home crowd in the ninth inning to strike out the side. Twelve of 14 pitches were above 100 mph.
ALL-STAR GAME STATS:
- deGrom is the first pitcher in All-Star Game history with three strikeouts in an inning with 10 pitches or less (Brad Lidge did it with 11 pitches in 2005).
- Trout & McCutchen each homered on Tuesday night, marking just the second All-Star Game in history in which both starting leadoff hitters homered.
- Trout is the first starter with four plate appearances in an ASG since Jose Reyes did it with the New York Mets in 2007.
- Brock Holt is the fourth Red Sox player to steal a bag in the ASG, joining Bobby Doerr (1947), Johnny Damon (2002) and J.D. Drew (2008).