MVP Hosmer, Perez lift AL to All-Star win, Series home field

And while it's certainly silly in concept to allow the All-Star Game to decide home-field advantage, it doesn't really matter enough to merit all the vitriol.

Cueto's final line saw him going 1 2/3 innings pitched while allowing three earned runs on five hits, including the two Kansas City homers.

In his second All-Star game, Cueto didn't survive the second inning. The American League led 3-1.

Mike Trout, the All-Star MVP in 2014 and '15, singled in the first for a five-All-Star Game hitting streak - only Mickey Mantle, Joe Morgan and Dave Winfield (seven each) and Stan Musial, Willie Mays and Nellie Fox (six apiece) strung together more.

This game was especially meaningful for Hosmer, who was making his first All-Star appearance.

The game came to a close following the top of the ninth inning after the National League failed to overcome a two-run deficit and surrendered the victory despite getting a runner on base in its final offensive showing. Prior to Tuesday's game, the only time a player hit a home run off a teammate from the previous season in the All-Star Game was when Alfonso Soriano took Roger Clemens deep in 2004, according to Elias research.

"Homefield advantage is huge", Yost said coming into the game.

"The Major League Baseball All-Star Game will have a significant, positive impact on San Diego", Joe Terzi, president and CEO of the San Diego Tourism Authority told City News Service.

The NL grabbed their only lead of the day in the first inning, when Chicago Cubs' third baseman Kris Bryant launched a solo homer (1) off Chicago White Sox' starter Chris Sale.

The Game 1 Series host has won six of the last seven titles and 24 of the last 30.

Johnny Cueto pitched a complete game two-hitter in Game 2 of the World Series past year to help the Royals claim their crown over the Mets. "This morning I got up and didn't feel well".

Hosmer was named MVP of the game. Those best acquainted with the extent of that home field advantage - Hosmer, Yost and the rest - secured it for their league once again. It was the AL's fourth consecutive victory.

Hosmer followed with an RBI single in the third inning off Miami ace Jose Fernandez, finishing 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

The Giants hold a 6.5-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West. San Francisco is also trying to capture a World Series title for the fourth consecutive even-numbered year after ending a championship drought in 2010 that stretched to 1954, when the franchise was in NY. "I just left two pitches up, and that was the story".

Hosmer stretched the American League's lead to three when he singled to left field, deflecting off Bryant en route to scoring Edwin Encarnacion.

Besides his two hits, Murphy became part of All-Star Game history in the fifth when, initially, he was called out at first by Kerwin Danley, a former San Diego State baseball teammate of late Padres Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, after second baseman Jose Altuve had booted a grounder and then scrambled to throw to first. "That is not an excuse", Cueto said. Giants catcher Buster Posey drew a one-out walk from Toronto right-hander Aaron Sanchez and came around on back-to-back singles by Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and Marlins center fielder Marcell Osuna.

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