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Kris Bryant homers against Chris Sale in All-Star Game

Kris Bryant, of the Chicago Cubs, follows through on a solo home run during the first inning of the MLB baseball All-Star Game against the American League, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SAN DIEGO — Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant hit a bases empty home run against White Sox ace Chris Sale in the first inning of the All-Star Game Tuesday at Petco Park.

Bryant, batting third for the National League, the visiting team, hit Sale’s fourth pitch after the lefty retired Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist on a fly ball to left and Bryce Harper on a grounder to second.

Bryant hit Sale’s first pitch, a low 96-mph fastball on the inner half of the plate. Wil Myers then struck out to end the inning.

Bryant was 0-for-6 with six strikeouts against Sale last season. Sale threw him a pretty good pitch after recording two quick outs but Bryant, a good low ball hitter, ripped it into the left field seats.

For Sale, it was nine pitches, six strikes and an inning-ending strikeout against hometown star Wil Myers.

And that was it as Sale, as expected, logged one inning in his first All-Star start after three relief appearances and one no-participation. Corey Kluber replaced Sale, and the AL took a 3-1 lead on homers by Kansas City Royals teammates Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez against Johnny Cueto.