Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Relief Roundup: A home run-filled MLB All-Star Game

Relief Roundup: A home run-filled MLB All-Star Game

Houston Astros outfielder George Springer (4) celebrates his solo home run in the tenth inning during the Major League Baseball All-star Game, Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Washington.

The National League still refused to quit and tied the ballgame up with 1 run the bottom of the 8th and 2 more in the bottom of the ninth.

From there, the contest became video game-like, with the two teams combining for six home runs in the final three innings. It was Sale's third consecutive start in the All-Star Game, which made him the first pitcher to do that since Philadelphia's Robin Roberts from 1953-1955. Despite that, Morton was in line to get the win for the American League before Seattle's Edwin Diaz gave up a game-tying, two-run homer to Cincinnati's Scooter Gennett in the 9th inning. Jean Segura's three-run homer in the eighth was the only hit with a man in scoring position.

Interestingly, the Astros duo homered off Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling, which, of course, brought out the memories of last October. The Houston Astros kick off the second half of their World Series title defense season on the road against the Angels on Friday. The back-to-back jacks put the American League up by two runs. The 409-footer to right, which came against Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ, served as the game's longest round-tripper. Furthermore, Happ was credited with a save for his efforts, and Bregman, who went 1-3 at the plate in his first All-Star Game appearance, won MVP honors for hitting the game-winning home run.

Springer went 2-for-2. He hit a single in the 8th inning.

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