CINCINNATI— Just a couple of hours before Tuesday’s All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile, Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain was asked if he’d like to do something really special in the game at Great American Ball Park.
Cain broke into a smile.
“Yeah, that would be nice. A great catch? Yeah,” he said. “But just a hit will be nice. I’m not asking for much. Get a hit, steal a bag, something like that. And help the team win.”
Cain got his wish, knocking in a pivotal run with an RBI double in the fifth to help the American League earn a 6-3 win over the National League. Cain went 2-for-3 and was the only batter to notch two hits.
Shortstop Alcides Escobar and catcher Salvador Perez also drew starting assignments, while third baseman Mike Moustakas and reliever Wade Davis made their first All-Star appearances for the Royals.
Cain singled in the fourth and stole second base when Perez reached base on a strikeout in the fourth.
But Cain’s big moment came in the next inning off Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw. With runners on first and second, Cain smoked a double into the left-field corner with two out to drive in a run and make it a 3-1 American League lead.
Cain also ended the fourth and fifth innings for the National League with nice catches. And he became the first Royals hitter to notch two hits in an All-Star Game since Bo Jackson in 1989. In fact, since Jackson’s two-hit game, the Royals had just one hit in previous Midsummer Classics -- Perez’s single in 2013 -- until Tuesday.
“I had a blast,” Cain said. “Got a couple of hits, made a few catches, gotta be happy.”
But Cain did not receive the Most Valuable Player Award -- that went to Angels slugger Mike Trout for the second straight year.
“The rich get richer!” Cain shouted when he heard the news.
Cain, of course, was joking.
“Trout’s the man. He deserved it,” he said. “But I definitely could have used the car.”
Escobar singled off Kershaw to lead off the American League’s fifth inning. Moustakas struck out in the ninth off Reds fire-balling lefty Aroldis Chapman, who was hitting 103 mph on the radar gun.
“I thought [AL manager] Ned [Yost] and I had a good relationship,” Moustakas kidded afterward. “That was tough.”
Davis came on in the eighth to protect a 6-2 lead and gave up one hit while striking out two.
“There were some jitters,” Davis said. “You want to go out there and perform well, especially when you have the lead.
“I felt pretty good. I was just following [catcher] Russell [Martin’s] finger there and trying to hit the grill.”
The only Royals player not to get in the game was reliever Kelvin Herrera, who did warm up in the bullpen in the seventh.
“It’s OK. It was a really fun time,” Herrera said.