Sloppy play in the latter innings proved to be the American League’s downfall. But the American League got off to a great starter. In his Cy Young award winning season, starter Steve Stone of the Orioles threw three perfect innings and struck out three. Stone’s performance was the highlight of a scoreless duel that Boston’s Fred Lynn would break in the top of the fifth with a two-run homer off the Dodgers’ Bob Welch. The National League got a run back in their half of the fifth when the Reds’ Ken Griffey homered against the Yankees’ Tommy John. The NL took the lead in the bottom of the sixth when the Cardinals’ George Hendrick singled home the Reds’ Ray Knight and the Pirates’ Phil Garner scored on an error by the Yankees’ Willie Randolph error. The National League finished the scoring in the seventh when the Reds’ Dave Concepcion singled, took second on a wild pitch by Toronto’s Dave Stieb, and later scored on a Stieb wild pitch. The Dodgers’ Jerry Reuss, who struck out the side in the sixth inning, got the win. John took the loss, while the Cubs’ Bruce Sutter picked up the save. Griffey was the MVP. The Royals’ George Brett was voted a starter at third base, but he didn’t play because of an injury. Pitcher Larry Gura also was chosen for the team, but he didn’t get in the game. Catcher Darrell Porter struck out in his only plate appearance.
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