- - Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Nick Markakis is no stranger to Nationals Park. The former Orioles outfielder is currently with the Atlanta Braves and has played many games against the Nationals on their own field.

He knows the baseball can carry on summer evenings and it sure did Tuesdaynight, as the American League got five home runs to beat the National League 8-6 in the MLB All-Star Game before a packed house of 43,843 fans in Southeast Washington.

Houston teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer hit back-to-back homers in the top of the 10th off losing pitchervRoss Stripling (Dodgers) as the AL broke the tie. The winners added a sacrifice fly later in the inning to make it 8-5. The game featured an All-Star record 10 home runs and all but one run scored on a homer.

Joey Votto (Reds) hit a solo homer to lead off the 10th for the NL to trim the margin to 8-6, but pitcher J.A. Happ (Blue Jays) got three outs to finish the game as fireworks went off back of center field. It was the first All-Star Game in Washington since 1969.

“That’s what the fans want, that’s what those big boys are doing over there,” Markakis, a National League starter, said of the homers. “It’s fun to watch. I always get a kick watching the other guys hit and play.”

“A few guys just connected and I think that’s going to happen when you have a lot of power arms and power bats,” said Brandon Crawford (Giants), the starting shortstop for the National League.

Scooter Gennett (Reds) hit a two-run homer in the last of the ninth to tie the game at 5-5 for the National League.

Jean Segura (Seattle) had broken a tie in the top of the eighth with a three-run homer to left to give the American League a lead of 5-2.

The homer came against lefty reliever Josh Hader (Brewers), who attended Old Mill High in Millersville, Maryland. Trevor Story (Rockies) had smashed a solo homer in the last of the seventh for the National League to tie the game at 2-2.

Aaron Judge (Yankees) hit a solo homer off starting pitcher Max Scherzer (Nationals) in the top of the second as the American League took a 1-0 lead. Scherzer was making his second straight All-Star start against Chis Sale (Boston), the lefty pitcher for the American League.

Scherzer went two innings and allowed one run and struck out four. The Braves begin a series Friday at Washington and Scherzer is on track to start Sunday against Atlanta.

“Max is special and unfortunately I have to face him a lot,” said Freddie Freeman (Braves), the starting first baseman for the National League. “And he went out there and gave it everything he had. You don’t expect anything less of Max, he gave it all you wanted. And I can’t wait to face him on Sunday.”

The American League made it 2-0 in the third as Mike Trout (Angels) hit a homer off Jacob deGrom of the Mets. So how do you pitch to Trout, the seven-time All-Star?

“Not like that. Have to come up with a different game plan when I face him next time,” said deGrom.

The National League got on the board as catcher Willson Contreras (Cubs), the No. 9 hitter in the lineup, smashed his own solo shot to trim the lead to 2-1 in the last of the third.

Christian Yelich (Brewers) hit a solo homer in the last of the eighth to trim the lead to 5-3.

Bryce Harper, the Nationals slugger, started in center field and hit No. 6 in the National League lineup. He struck out in his only two trips to the plate after he won the Home Run Derby in dramatic fashion on Monday night at Nationals Park.

Harper is hitting .214 this year for the Nationals and has struggled against lefty pitchers, and he faced two of them Tuesday.

Nationals manager Dave Martinez, a member of the National League squad, coached first base for a few innings. The Futures Game on Sunday, with the top minor league players, featured eight homers — four by each team.

• Adam Zielonka and Andy Kostka contributed to this report.


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