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Zunino, Guerrero Jr. lead AL to All-Star Game victory, 5-2

American League's Mike Zunino, of the Tampa Bay Rays, watches his solo home run leave the park...
American League's Mike Zunino, of the Tampa Bay Rays, watches his solo home run leave the park during the sixth inning of the MLB All-Star baseball game, Tuesday, July 13, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)(David Zalubowski | AP)
Published: Jul. 13, 2021 at 11:50 PM EDT
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DENVER (AP) -Vladimir Guerrero Jr. admired his 468-foot screamer for a moment before bouncing into his triumphant home run trot at the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.

The Toronto Blue Jays slugger crushed a slider from Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes in the third inning that almost cleared the left field bleachers at cavernous Coors Field.

Gone in a heartbeat.

NL shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. immediately put his glove on his head and slowly turned around to watch the ball leave the yard.

“Wow,” Tatis said. “It was a moonshot. It was something impressive. He’s been doing it all year. Why not show it off here?”

Guerrero, whose father homered off Brad Penny in the 2006 All-Star Game, put the American League ahead 2-0 with the shot into the last row. The AL won its eighth straight All-Star Game 5-2. Guerrero added an RBI groundout and was voted game MVP.

Former Florida Gator Mike Zunino of the Tampa Bay Rays homered for the AL as well to make the score 5-1 in the sixth inning. Zunino also threw out a runner attempting to steal in the ninth inning.

The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Guerrero has 28 homers in 2021 and leads the AL in both RBI’s and batting average.

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