They needed extra innings to do it, but the American League won their sixth consecutive All-Star Game, beating the National League 8-6 in 10 innings at Nationals Park on Tuesday.
Seattle Mariners closer Edwin Diaz was credited with the win despite giving up a game-tying two-run bomb from Scooter Gennett in the ninth that sent the game into extras. Los Angeles Dodgers starter Ross Stripling was handed the loss. In a game of improbabilities, Toronto Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ was credited with the save.
With the victory, the American League has taken the overall lead in wins over the Senior Circuit for the first time since 1963, improving to 44-43-2.
The 2018 All-Star Game was an instant classic, as both teams combined to hit 10 home runs, shattering the previous record of six.
After sitting out the Home Run Derby the night before as the defending champion, New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge brought his big swing to the Midsummer Classic, opening the scoring with a solo shot off Max Scherzer to lead off the second inning.
Mike Trout put the Junior Circuit up by a pair with a solo shot of his own before Willson Contreras cut the lead in half in the third and Trevor Story evened things in the seventh with one-run bombs of their own. The solo dingers ended there though, as the American League strung together a couple of base knocks before Jean Segura blasted a massive three-run job off of Josh Hader to take the lead in the eighth.