Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun had been voted to start in four straight All-Star games playing in three of them but it took a fifth straight nomination for Braun to tally his first hit.
With a 0-for-7 history with three strikeouts in past All-Star games, Braun came to the plate in the top of the first inning on Tuesday against Detroit ace Justin Verlander looking to finally register on an All-Star box score.
And on a 2-1 count, Braun slammed Verlander's pitch to right field, where it almost carried out of the park, before settling over Jose Bautista's head, falling just short of the wall.
The hit carried Braun to second base, while Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera scored on the RBI double. The RBI was the first of the game for either side, as the National League took a 1-0 lead.
Braun's second at-bat almost doubled his All-Star hit total, if not for a sliding grab from Bautista in right field that kept Braun off the basepaths. But a second hit wasn't far off.