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Red Sox All-Stars play supporting role as AL wins a record-setting homer-fest

John Tomase
July 17, 2018 - 10:45 pm

Updates on the Red Sox All-Stars, who were largely bit players in the American League's 8-6 victory, in a game that featured a record 10 home runs, which accounted for all but one run. Astros teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer went back-to-back in the 10th to win it.

-- Left-hander Chris Sale started and went one inning. He allowed a leadoff single to Chicago's Javier Baez before sandwiching flyouts by Nolan Arenado and Freddie Freeman around a strikeout of Paul Goldschmidt.

-- Right fielder Mookie Betts led off the game with a strikeout as part of an 0-for-3 night. He struck out twice. The highlight of his evening was likely a selfie in the outfield with New York's Aaron Judge, taken by Angels MVP Mike Trout, during the third inning.

-- DH J.D. Martinez batted cleanup and went 1-for-2. He singled in the first off of Nationals starter Max Scherzer to put runners on first and third, but the rally stalled. He then struck out against Mets flamethrower Jacob DeGrom.

-- First baseman Mitch Moreland entered the game in the sixth as a defensive replacement, subbing for starter Jose Abreu of the White Sox. He then singled off Brewers reliever Josh Hader during a three-run eighth and singled again off of Dodgers right-hander Ross Stripling during a two-run 10th.

-- One year after earning the win in the 2017 All-Star Game, closer Craig Kimbrel did not appear. Toronto's J.A. Happ pitched the 10th for his first save, though he allowed a mammoth home run to Cincinnati's Joey Votto.