Gio Gonzalez was the first Washington National to make an appearance in Tuesday night's All-Star game. The Nats' starter worked an impressive 1-2-3 bottom of the third inning. Gonzalez came on in relief of starter Matt Cain and immediately struck out the first batter he faced -- Mike Napoli. He then got Curtis Granderson out on a harmless fly out to left and followed that up by getting his Yankees teammate Derek Jeter to swing over the top of a pitch and chop one to the right side of the infield. It was a quick 11-pitch inning.
Gonzalez's work held a five-run lead for the National League, which jumped all over AL starter Justin Verlander in the first inning. The Senior Circuit put a five-spot on the board in the first -- the most runs they've scored in a single inning in All-Star Game history. Both Ryan Braun and Pablo Sandoval took Verlander to right, with the portly Giants slugger knocking in three on a bases-clearing triple.
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