>>Trout Leads AL Past NL
Mike Trout led off the 86th All-Star Game with a home run and won his second straight MVP award as the American League topped the National League 6-3 at Great American Ball Park.
The AL will have home-field advantage in the World Series for the third straight year thanks in part to Trout, who became the first player in MLB history to win consecutive MVPs in the Midsummer Classic.
Brian Dozier added a solo homer, Prince Fielder drove in two runs and David Price earned the win for retiring Bryce Harper, Paul Goldschmidt and Buster Posey in succession in the fourth inning.
The loss was saddled to reigning NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, an injury-replacement addition who gave up two runs in his only inning of work.
Andrew McCutchen's solo homer accounted for the NL's only extra-bast hit other than Ryan Braun's triple in the ninth inning.
Both starters gave up a run, though the one Dallas Keuchel allowed was unearned. Paul Goldschmidt led off the home second with a single, hustled to second when Josh Donaldson's throw got away and later scored on Jhonny Peralta's two-out base hit.
The RBI single countered Trout's opposite-field shot off Zack Greinke to start the game -- the first leadoff homer in the All-Star Game since Bo Jackson did so in 1989.
Two Angels scored in the fifth, as Trout came around from second when Fielder singled through the left side, and Albert Pujols raced home on Lorenzo Cain's double to left.
Chris Archer served up a leadoff homer to McCutchen in the sixth, but the AL got that run back and added another one off Francisco Rodriguez in the next half-inning.
Brock Holt, pinch-running for Trout after he led off with a walk, successfully stole second and scored on Manny Machado's double off the wall in right- center. Machado later scored on a Fielder sacrifice fly,
Dozier, in his first All-Star Game at-bat, cranked a solo shot to center off Mark Melancon in the eighth, and Brandon Crawford's sac fly in the ninth accounted for the final margin.
>>Trout Named MVP
As if Mike Trout's ongoing legend needed any more clout, the Angels star went out on Tuesday and became the first player in MLB history to win consecutive All-Star Game MVPs.
Trout led off the game with an opposite-field homer as he reached out on a 1-2 fastball from Zack Greinke and muscled it over the right-field wall.
The blast was the first leadoff homer in the Midsummer Classic since Bo Jackson did so in 1989, and while it wound up being Trout's only hit in four plate appearances, the incomparable slugger affected the game in other ways.
In the fifth, the reigning AL MVP beat out a potential double-play ball and later scored what proved to be the game-winning run for the American League on Prince Fielder's base hit to left field.
Trout, who also struck out and walked, has already racked up countless milestones in his brief but lofty career, but perhaps the most impressive is him hitting for a natural cycle -- a single, a double, a triple and a home run in succession -- during his first at-bats from his four All-Star Games.
Only Willie Mays, Gary Carter, Cal Ripken and Steve Garvey have even won two All-Star Game MVPs, and Trout, who turns 24 years old next month, is just getting started.