NATIONALS 8, BRAVES 4
In Atlanta, Georgia, Ryan Zimmerman homered and drove in four runs and Gio Gonzalez scuffled for his sixth straight road victory to help Washington beat Atlanta.
Gonzalez (11-3) capped his second All-Star selection, despite allowing five hits, four runs and four walks in five-plus innings.
Washington, who have won four of five, took a 4-0 lead in the first off Tim Hudson (6-4). The NL-leading Nationals are 10-2-1 in their last 13 series matchups against the Braves.
In other NL action, it was:
‧ Cardinals 5, Pirates 4
‧ Cubs 3, Astros 0
‧ Marlins 5, Phillies 2
‧ Padres 2, Rockies 0
‧ Dodgers 8, Mets 3
ALL STAR LINEUP
Texas slugger Josh Hamilton has been handed a place in the starting line-up for the Major League Baseball All Star game after he drew a record 11.07 million votes.
Hamilton’s votes blew past Jose Bautista’s previous record of 7.4 million last season to highlight the group of starters named on Sunday for the Mid-Summer Classic.
The 2010 American League Most Valuable Player, who is is batting .314 with 25 homers, has battled addiction to drugs and alcohol and has recovered from an off-season incident in which he apologized to the Rangers for a moment of weakness when he drank at a bar.
The Rangers will have seven players in the game, including starting catcher Mike Napoli and third baseman Adrian Beltre. The New York Yankees have starters Derek Jeter, making a 13th appearance, second baseman Robinson Cano and outfielder Curtis Granderson.
Toronto’s Bautista, Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder and the Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz also join the lineup.
In the National League, the San Francisco Giants lead the way with starting catcher Buster Posey, third baseman Pablo Sandoval and outfielder Melky Cabrera.
The Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto, the Atlanta Braves’ Dan Uggla, the St Louis Cardinals’ Rafael Furcal and Carlos Beltran, along with the Los Angeles’ Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, round out the lineup.
Pitchers include San Francisco’s Matt Cain, the New York Mets’ R.A. Dickey and Washington’s Stephen Strasburg in the NL, along with Detroit’s Justin Verlander, Yankees C.C. Sabathia and the Los Angeles Angels’ Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson in the AL.