LOS ANGELES — The night began with Denzel Washington honoring Jackie Robinson.
Moments later, members of the National League and American League teams gathered near home plate at Dodger Stadium, where Mookie Betts led the crowd in wishing Rachel Robinson a happy 100th birthday.
There was loud cheering when the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw struck out New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge.
Judge’s Yankees teammate Giancarlo Stanton provided the power with a two-run homer in the fourth off another Dodgers pitcher, Tony Gonsolin. Byron Buxton of the Minnesota Twins followed with a home run to left field.
It was the seventh consecutive home run series in All-Star history, and it was enough to lead the American League to a 3-2 victory in front of 52,518.
The Chicago White Sox had two players on the American League roster: Tim Anderson, who started at shortstop, and closer Liam Hendriks, and the Chicago Cubs had two on the National League team: starting catcher Willson Contreras. and outfielder Ian Happ.
This was the game for the players of both teams.
After missing out on hitting in his first All-Star game last year in Denver (he was ready in the ninth inning), Anderson made the most of his choice as a starter this year. He went 1-for-2 with a single to left field in the fourth.
Anderson was the first Red Sox player to start at shortstop in the All-Star Game since Luis Aparicio in 1970, and he was involved in the action in the first inning, participating in a tremendous double play.
Cleveland Guardians second baseman Andres Gimenez used his backhand to field a hard-hitting grounder from Manny Machado. Gimenez backfliped Anderson, who threw to first to complete the double play.
Anderson faced Sandy Alcantara of the Miami Marlins in his first at-bat, grounding out to first to end the second inning.
Anderson moved to his left to make a nice play in the third, fielding and ejecting Machado.
He appeared during the American League’s three-run fourth, following back-to-back home runs with the single to left field against Gonsolin. Xander Bogaerts of the Boston Red Sox replaced Anderson at shortstop in the bottom of the fourth.
“It’s a huge blessing to be right in the mix,” he told the Tribune before the game.
Hendriks earned the save in last year’s game at Coors Field.
“I want to make sure that every person who hasn’t been a part of the game gets a shot before me,” Hendriks, also a 2019 All-Star with the Oakland Athletics, told the Tribune before Tuesday’s game. “If an opportunity arises, an opportunity arises.”
An opportunity arose in the eighth when Hendriks entered with two outs and a runner on first. He faced Travis d’Arnaud and got the Atlanta Braves catcher to fly out to center field.
He yelled, “Julio,” as in Julio Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners, who made the catch. He waved as he called for the ball.
Hendriks hugged American League manager Dusty Baker when he got to the dugout.
Willson and William Contreras became the first set of brothers since Roberto and Sandy Alomar Jr. in 1992 to start an All-Star Game together. Willson batted sixth in the National League lineup and William seventh.
Willson appeared in the first inning and struck out against Tampa Bay Rays starter Shane McClanahan. William struck out watching Alex Manoah of the Toronto Blue Jays to start the second.
Facing the A’s’ Paul Blackburn in the fourth, Willson reached on a fielding error by Guardians third baseman José Ramírez. William didn’t get a chance to drive his brother, as he was lifted by Albert Pujols.
Willson came off after the fifth, replaced by d’Arnaud behind the plate.
Happ made his first All-Star appearance, entering the sixth in center field. Next to him on the left was former Cub Kyle Schwarber.
Happ batted with two outs in the seventh against Gregory Soto of the Detroit Tigers. He worked a full account before drawing a ride.
Happ was on deck when Jake Cronenworth struck out to end the game.