NL routs AL in MLB All-Star game

Brewers' Braun addresses steroid controversy
NL routs AL in MLB All-Star game

Pablo Sandoval and Melky Cabrera keyed a five-run blitz against Justin Verlander in the first inning Tuesday night, and the National League romped to an 8-0 win over the American League and its third straight All-Star game victory.

Giants teammate Matt Cain started a strong NL pitching performance, combining with 10 relievers on a six-hitter that extended the American League’s scoreless streak to 14 innings. That’s the longest streak since 1995-97.

Sandoval hit the first bases-loaded triple in an All-Star game, and Ryan Braun and Dan Uggla also drove in runs against Verlander, who couldn’t control his 100 mph heat.

Cabrera singled and scored the first run, then hit a two-run homer against Matt Harrison in the fourth as the NL rolled to the third-largest margin of victory in All-Star history.

Ryan Braun addressed his critics after having a 50-game suspension overturned.

“I think people have been very supportive and I think I said from the beginning, the single best thing I could do to move on was to have success, do the same things I’ve done on the field and I actually think this is the best first half that I’ve ever had of the six years I’ve been in the major leagues. The goal is to continue to do those things and as long as I do that. That’s the best thing I can do to move on,” said Braun, who started the All-Star game in left field.