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American League wins 6-3, behind Lorenzo Cain's two hits

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Mike Trout named MVP, but Cain contributed to the win.

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Those prognosticating an American League blowout loss due to all those Royals in the starting lineup were sorely mistaken as Ned Yost managed the American League to a 6-3 victory, the third win in a row for the Junior Circuit. Mike Trout led the game off with a home run off National League starter and former Royals pitcher Zach Greinke. The home run, was no doubt, an order from manager Yost, further evidence of Yost's brilliant managing in the game.

Salvador Perez would strike out after a long at-bat in the first, and Lorenzo Cain would pop out in the second, with Alcides Escobar flying out in the third to leave the Royals hitless after three frames. The National League would tie it in the second on an RBI single by Jhonny Peralta to make it 1-1. In the fourth, manager Bruce Bochy brought in his own Madisno Bumgarner, 2014 World Series hero, to face the American League. Lorenzo Cain would manage a single off the lefty, and while Salvador Perez would strike out, he would still reach first base when the third strike ran all the way to the backstop, allowing Cain to run to third. Jose Altuve would strike out to end the threat, but the Royals had clearly gotten their revenge against Bumgarner.

In the fifth, Prince Fielder would single home a run off Bumgarner, followed by a Lorenzo Cain RBI double down the line to make it 3-1 American League. Alcides Escobar would add a single to make him 1-for 2 for the night. Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen would hit a solo home run in the sixth, but the American League would score two more in the seventh off Milwaukee's Francisco Rodriguez. Brian Dozier would add a solo home run, and Kansas City's Wade Davis would pitch a scoreless eighth, allowing just one hit, to preserve a 6-2 lead. Mike Moustakas would feebly strike out against tough lefty reliever Aroldis Chapman, but the American League would hold on for a 6-3 win in the ninth thanks to a save by Minnesota's Glen Perkins.

Five Royals All-Stars entered the game, with only the injured Alex Gordon sitting out and reliever Kelvin Herrera failing to get in the game. Those three Royals starters did not result in the American League getting blown out after all and the American League will have home field advantage this October in the World Series. Ned Yost is undefeated in the All-Star Game. What a time to be alive.