AL rides early homers to 4-2 win in All-Star Game

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Eric Hosmer MVP of MLB All-Star Game, AL Wins 4-2

(The Sports Xchange) - Second-inning homers by Kansas City teammates Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez powered the American League to a 4-2 victory over the National League on Tuesday night in the 87th All-Star Game before 42,386 at Petco Park.

The National League was leading 1-0 thanks to a Kris Bryant homer in the first inning when Hosmer tied it with a one-out homer off National League starter Johnny Cueto. Two batters later, Perez connected for a two-run shot off Cueto.

Hosmer, who finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs, was named the Most Valuable Player.

Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber was the winning pitcher and Baltimore left-hander Zach Britton collected the save. Cueto suffered the loss.

The National League stranded 10 runners and left the bases loaded in the eighth when Houston right-hander Will Harris threw a full-count, called third strike past pinch-hitter Aldemys Diaz of the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Jets fly over Petco Park during the National Anthem prior to the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
National League's Bryce Harper, of the Washington Nationals, stretches prior to the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
National League's Paul Goldschmidt, of the Arizona Diamondbacks, takes the field prior to the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
National League's starting pitcher Johnny Cueto, of the San Francisco Giants, throws against the American League during the first inning of the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
National League's Bryce Harper, of the Washington Nationals, hits during the first inning of the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
National League's Ben Zobrist, of the Chicago Cubs, hits against the American League during the first inning of the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
American League's starting pitcher Chris Sale, of the Chicago White Sox, throws against the National League during the first inning of the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
American League's David Ortiz, of the Boston Red Sox, hits during the first inning of the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
American League's Eric Hosmer, of the Kansas City Royals, left, greets teammate Salvador Perez, of the Kansas City Royals, after hitting a solo home run against the National League during the second inning of the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
American League's David Ortiz, of the Boston Red Sox, acknowledges the crowd while leaving the game during the second inning of the MLB baseball All-Star Game against the National League, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
The American League players hold "stand up for" signs during the sixth inning of the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
National League's Odubel Herrera, of the Philadelphia Phillies, hits during the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
American League's David Ortiz, of the Boston Red Sox, in warm up shirt, watches from the bench the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
American League's David Ortiz, of the Boston Red Sox, leaves the game during the third inning of the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
National League's Max Scherzer, of the Washington Nationals, throws during the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
National League's Bryce Harper, of the Washington Nationals, leaves the field during the third inning of the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
American League's Eric Hosmer, of the Kansas City Royals, right, is greeted by teammates after hitting a home run during the second inning of the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
American League's starting pitcher Chris Sale, of the Chicago White Sox, throws during the first inning of the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in San Diego. (Todd Warshsaw/Pool Photo via AP)
American League players celebrate after the MLB baseball All-Star Game against the National League, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in San Diego. The American League won 4-2. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
American League's Eduardo Nunez, of the Minnesota Twins, forces out National League's Daniel Murphy, of the Washington Nationals, but is unable to turn a double play on National League's Paul Goldschmidt, of the Arizona Diamondbacks, during the ninth the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in San Diego. The American League won 4-2. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
American League's Eric Hosmer, of the Kansas City Royals, holds the MVP award after the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in San Diego. The American League won 4-2. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
American League's Salvador Perez, of the Kansas City Royals, left, congratulates teammate Eric Hosmer, of the Kansas City Royals, for Hosmer's MVP award in the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in San Diego. The American League won 4-2. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
FILE - In this Tuesday, July 12, 2016 file photo, The Tenors, shown on the scoreboard, perform during the Canadian National Anthem prior to the MLB baseball All-Star Game, in San Diego. A member of a Canadian singing quartet changed a lyric in his country's national anthem and held up a sign proclaiming "All Lives Matter" during a pregame performance at the 87th All-Star Game on Tuesday. The Tenors, a group based in British Columbia, caused a stir at Petco Park with Remigio Pereira's actions while singing "O Canada." (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
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The heavy San Diego influence of the pregame ceremonies carried into the first inning when Bryant, a University of San Diego alum, homered on the first pitch he saw from American League starter Chris Sale in an all-Chicago matchup.

The Cubs third baseman drove the ball 410 feet into the left field stands off the White Sox right-hander.

But the American League retaliated in the bottom of the second against Cueto, taking a 3-1 lead on two homers by members of the reigning World Series champion Royals.

With one out, Hosmer dropped a 389-foot drive into the left field stands to tie the score at 1. Boston outfielder Mookie Betts singled and Royals catcher Eddie Perez hit a 373-foot blast into the left field stands peppered the night before by Home Run Derby champion Giancarlo Stanton.

Hosmer and Perez were the first set of teammates to homer in the same inning since Steve Garvey and Jimmy Wynn of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1975 All-Star Game.

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NEW YORK - APRIL 24: A general view of Yankee Stadium from the upper deck during the game between the New York Yankees and the New York Mets on April 24, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JULY 29: General aerial views of Fenway Park during a game between the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox in Boston, Massachusetts on July 29, 2015. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 10: A general view between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 10, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore Orioles won, 5-2. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 06: General view as James Shields #33 of the San Diego Padres pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during opening day at Dodger Stadium on April 6, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 25: A general view of an overall of Citi Field at dusk from the upper deck during the game between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field on July 25, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - MAY 16: Aerial views form a helicopter of the San Diego Padres game against the Washington Nationals at Petco Park on May 16, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Andy Hayt/San Diego Padres/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: A general view of game action during the game between the Miami Marlins and the Cincinnati Reds at Marlins Park on July 9, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 30: A general wide angle view of the stadium at sunset during the fourth inning of the game between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Yankees at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 30, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Josh Barber/Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 04: A general view of the ballpark during the national anthem before the game between the Marlins and Cubs on July 04, 2015 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 25: A general view of the stadium while a rainbow shines above as the Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 25, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 19: A general view Progressive Field during the seventh inning of the game between the Cleveland Indians and the Tampa Bay Rays on June 19, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - MAY 12: A general view of Busch Stadium and the downtown skyline during the game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium on May 12, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The Cubs defeated the Cardinals 17-5. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 12: A general view of Chase Field during the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field on Sunday, April 12, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Barry Gossage/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 08: A general view of PNC Park during the game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 8, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA- APRIL 24: A general view of the Seattle skyline during a game between the Seattle Mariners and the Minnesota Twins on April 24, 2015 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners defeated the Twins 2-0. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 6: General view of baseball fans getting settled into their seats inside Tropicana Field before the start of an Opening Day game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Baltimore Orioles on April 6, 2015 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - JULY 1: A general view of the Rogers Centre on Canada Day in the first inning during the Toronto Blue Jays MLB game against the Boston Red Sox on July 1, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - MAY 02: General view of Minute Maid Park during a game between the Houston Astros and the Seattle Mariners on May 2, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Cole Hamels continued the host city story in the top of the third when the San Diego native struck out Bryant with the tying runs at second and third with two outs.

The American League extended its lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the third against Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins.

Boston designated hitter David Ortiz, who has announced he will retire at the end of the 2016 season, drew a one-out walk and received an ovation from the crowd and hugs from the American League bench when he came out for pinch-runner Edwin Encarnacion of the Blue Jays.

Encarnacion raced to third on a double by Boston's Xander Bogarts and scored on a single by Hosmer, the second RBI by the Royals first baseman. But Betts grounded into a double play to end the threat.

The National League cut the deficit to 4-2 in the top of the fourth. 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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