Ryan Braun goes 2 for 3 in All-Star Game
Ryan Braun ended an 0 for 7 drought in All-Star games Tuesday night as he helped the National League crush the American League 8-0 in Kansas City.
The Milwaukee left-fielder drove home the game's first run with a double over the head of Toronto right-fielder Jose Bautista. Braun then scored on a three-run triple by Pablo Sandoval of San Francisco.
All told, the NL scored five runs in the first off Detroit starter Justin Verlander, who lasted just one inning.
In the fourth, Braun set an All-Star Game record with his team's third triple. He was denied of a third hit when Bautista made a sliding catch of Braun's looper to right.
Braun also made a couple of nice defensive plays in left. He ran down a drive at the wall by Josh Hamilton of Texas in the first inning. He then snared a liner from his former Brewers' teammate Prince Fielder in the fourth. Fielder went 0 for 2 on the night.
San Francisco starter Matt Cain got the win. The National League won its third straight All-Star Game with retired St. Louis manager Tony La Russa running the show.
Braun praised La Russa, saying, "If you're trying to win one game, there's not a better manager out there ... It's only fitting that he went out with a win."
The NL once again gets home field advantage in the World Series.
The Brewers will open the second half of their season on Friday night at home against Pittsburgh.