Hosmer, Perez lift AL to 4-2 All-Star win, Series home field

American League's Eric Hosmer, of the Kansas City Royals, hits a home run off National League starting pitcher Johnny Cueto, of the San Francisco Giants, 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 Eric Hosmer, of the Kansas City Royals, hits a home run off National League starting pitcher Johnny Cueto, of the San Francisco Giants, during the second inning of the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez made sure the Kansas City Royals will start at home, sweet, home if they get a chance to defend their World Series title.

The Royals duo homered off former Kansas City teammate Johnny Cueto during a six-pitch span in the second inning, Hosmer added an RBI single and the American League beat the Nationals 4-2 Tuesday night for their fourth straight win in the All-Star game.

David Ortiz found himself in the middle of the most touching moment at Petco Park, embraced by his AL teammates near first base after exiting his final All-Star Game. The popular Big Papi plans to retire at 40 after this season with Boston.

Kris Bryant of the Cubs led the parade of sparkling young talent with a first-inning home run. Dellin Betances flashed his 100 mph heat and Astros reliever Will Harris came on to throw a called third strike past Cardinals rookie Aledmys Diaz on a 3-2 pitch on the outside corner with the bases loaded to end the eighth.
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