Mike Trout was named All-Star Game MVP for the second consecutive year as the American League beat the National League 6-3 to secure home field advantage in the World Series.

Trout started the game out with a bang, homering off of Zack Greinke on the fourth pitch. In the second inning the NL tied things up with a good old fashioned manufactured run, as Paul Goldschmidt advanced to third via an infield single, throwing error, and a ground out, before Jhonny Peralta plated him with a single.

In the fifth inning things fell apart for the National League, as Clayton Kershaw gave up three hits and a walk, letting in two runs. He would end the game as the losing pitcher.

An Andrew McCutchen home run off of Chris Archer brought the National League within one, but with Francisco Rodriguez on the mound in the seventh Manny Machado doubled home Brock Holt, and Prince Fielder scored Machado with a sacrifice fly. A Brian Dozier home run and Brandon Crawford sac fly added a run for each team, but ultimately had no effect on the outcome.

For the National League, their highlights were a couple of innings where their pitchers dominated. Jacob deGrom struck out the side in the sixth on just 10 pitches, and in the ninth Aroldis Chapman also struck out the side on 100-MPH fastball after 100-MPH fastball.

The American League’s victory is their third straight, wresting back control of the All-Star Game after the National League had their own three-game winning streak from 2010-12.


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