A record ten home runs were recorded – five by each team – in the American League’s 8-6, ten-inning victory over the National League in Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star Game played Tuesday night in Washington, D.C.
The previous record for the summer classic was six. The American League has now won six straight MLB All-Star Games.
Houston teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer slammed back-to-back homers in the top of the tenth inning after Cincinnati’s Scooter Gennett had forced extra time with a two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth frame. Also homering for the winners were Aaron Judge, Mike Trout and Jean Segura, while Willson Contreras, Christian Yelich and Trevor Story also hit the long ball for the National League.
Bregman, who belted the go-ahead homer, was named the game’s MVP.
Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez worked one inning of scoreless relief for the National League. Vazquez allowed a bloop single and a walk, but also induced a ground ball out and struck out two batters.
Most MLB teams will resume regular season action on Friday. The Pirates (48-49) will reopen play Friday night at Cincinnati.