Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – Mike Trout led off the 86th All-Star Game with a home run and won his second straight MVP award as the American League topped the National League 6-3 at Great American Ball Park.
The AL will have home-field advantage in the World Series for the third straight year thanks in part to Trout, who became the first player in MLB history to win consecutive MVPs in the Midsummer Classic.
Brian Dozier added a solo homer, Prince Fielder drove in two runs and David Price earned the win for retiring Bryce Harper, Paul Goldschmidt and Buster Posey in succession in the fourth inning.
The loss was saddled to reigning NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, an injury-replacement addition who gave up two runs in his only inning of work.
Andrew McCutchen’s solo homer accounted for the NL’s only extra-bast hit other than Ryan Braun’s triple in the ninth inning.
Both starters gave up a run, though the one Dallas Keuchel allowed was unearned. Paul Goldschmidt led off the home second with a single, hustled to second when Josh Donaldson’s throw got away and later scored on Jhonny Peralta’s two-out base hit.
The RBI single countered Trout’s opposite-field shot off Zack Greinke to start the game — the first leadoff homer in the All-Star Game since Bo Jackson did so in 1989.
Two Angels scored in the fifth, as Trout came around from second when Fielder singled through the left side, and Albert Pujols raced home on Lorenzo Cain’s double to left.
Chris Archer served up a leadoff homer to McCutchen in the sixth, but the AL got that run back and added another one off Francisco Rodriguez in the next half-inning.
Brock Holt, pinch-running for Trout after he led off with a walk, successfully stole second and scored on Manny Machado’s double off the wall in right- center. Machado later scored on a Fielder sacrifice fly,
Dozier, in his first All-Star Game at-bat, cranked a solo shot to center off Mark Melancon in the eighth, and Brandon Crawford’s sac fly in the ninth accounted for the final margin.
Reds legend Pete Rose, whose appeal for his lifetime ban from baseball is expected to be heard next month, took part in the pregame festivities on the field and received a standing ovation … The four greatest players in MLB history, as voted on by fans, were named before the game with Hall-of-Famers Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax and Johnny Bench being honored … Cincinnati last hosted this event in 1988 at Riverfront Stadium. The game was also held there in 1970 and at Crosley Field in 1953 and 1938 … Next year’s All-Star Game will be contested at Petco Park in San Diego … The AL bettered its record to 40-43-2 in the Fall Classic.