In the 2021 MLB All-Star Game, the American League defeats the National League.

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On Tuesday night at Coors Field in Denver, the American League defeated the National League 5-2 in the 2021 MLB All-Star Game.

The American League won the Midsummer Classic for the seventh time in a row, thanks to two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani’s flawless first inning and a 468-foot home slam from Toronto Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The American League has now won 20 of the last 23 All-Star Games, excluding a tie in 2002.

Guerrero, 22, was awarded Most Valuable Player, making him the youngest MVP in All-Star Game history.

Ohtani, who participated in the Home Run Derby the night before, was 0 for 2 at the plate, grounding out twice as the AL’s lead-off hitter and designated hitter. The Los Angeles Angels star, on the other hand, tossed a perfect first inning on 14 pitches to secure the victory.

“This has been the best experience, most memorable,” the 27-year-old Ohtani said through an interpreter. “Obviously, I’ve never played in the playoffs or World Series, so once I do that, that’s probably going to surpass it. But this has been the most memorable.”

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In the second inning, Marcus Semien of the Blue Jays scored New York Yankees ace Aaron Judge on an infield single, giving the AL a 1-0 lead. Guerrero hit his 200th All-Star Game home run in the third inning off Corbin Burnes of the Milwaukee Brewers, extending the AL’s advantage to 2-0.

Guerrero and shortstop with the Boston Red Sox Xander Bogaerts each drove in a run in the fifth, extending the AL’s lead to 4-0.

J.T. Realmuto of the Philadelphia Phillies homered to make it 4-1 for the National League, which has eight hits at hitter-friendly Coors Field.

The Tampa Bay Rays’ Mike Zunino responded with a 433-foot home run in the sixth inning, putting the AL ahead 5-1. Manny Machado of the San Diego Padres scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the fifth to make it 5-2, but the National League couldn’t get any closer.

Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals pitched a perfect inning in the National League. He struck out one batter and fired 11 pitches.

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Burnes, who relieved Scherzer in the second inning, took the loss after allowing two earned runs on four hits in two innings.

 

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