DENVER (AP) – The American League has earned its eighth consecutive All-Star Game victory.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Mike Zunino hit solo homers and Xander Bogaerts had two of the AL’s nine hits in a 5-2 victory over the National League.
Marcus Semien put the junior circuit ahead to stay with an RBI single in the second, one inning before Guerrero went deep. Guerrero also poked an RBI grounder and Bogaerts added a run-scoring single.
Guerrero is the first Toronto Blue Jay to be named the MVP of the All-Star Game.
J.T. Realmuto put the NL on the board with a solo shot in the fifth.
Jared Walsh made a sliding catch in left field on Kris Bryant’s tricky liner with the bases loaded to end the eighth inning, keeping the AL ahead.
Angels star Shohei Ohtani made history as the first All-Star to be selected as both a pitcher and a hitter. He was the AL starting pitcher and worked a perfect first inning to get the win but finished 0-for-2 at the plate.
Corbin Burnes took the loss, yielding two runs and four hits over two frames.
The AL owns a 46-43-2 lead in the all-time series.