Pitching Dominates In 2-1 All-Star Game

Devenski: Perfect eighth
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Fans who think Brad Mills got a raw deal managing the Astros got to see him celebrate an All-Star Game as the winning manager Tuesday night, a 2-1, 10-inning victory. Mills was filling in because Cleveland's regular manager, Terry Francona, has been hospitalized in recent weeks. Francona will be back at work when the season resumes in a few days.

The fact that six Astros were named to the All-Star team and the lead sentence is about a former manager tells you all you need to know about how the game went for your local favorites. The three starting Astros were a collective 0-for-7 in the game. They were all replaced by substitutes by mid-game.

Chris Devenski had a stellar All-Star debut, tossing a 1-2-3 eighth inning, including a strikeout of Cincinnati slugger Joey Votto. Two innings later, Robinson Cano of the Mariners took Chicago's Wade Davis deep to open the 10th and end the affair which tied the all-time All-Star Game record at 43-43-2.

Houston pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers did not get into the game which was a relief to Houston coaches who have been nursing a rather fragile rotation so far this year.

The Astros will be back in action on Friday at Minute Maid Park. The Minnesota Twins will be the first post-break opponent and Charlie Morton (6-3) will face off against Jose Berrios (8-2) in the series opener with the first pitch at 7:10 Central time.

- Bob Hulsey