Diamondbacks outfielder Alfredo Marte has been one of the breakout stars of the Southern League this year. He added to that resume on Tuesday. Marte was named the Southern League all-star game MVP as he went 2-for-2 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in the South Division's 6-2 win over the North at Tennessee's Smokies Park.
The win was the South's first in the all-star game in the past eight seasons.
Dodgers righthander Matt Magill was tagged for three of the South's six runs to take the loss. Mariners righthander Taijuan Walker also had a rough outing as he gave up a triple to David Nick as part of a two-hit, two-run inning of work.
Diamondbacks lefthander Tyler Skaggs picked up the win for the South team even though he was charged with one of the two runs his team allowed. Mariners center fielder Denny Almonte led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run off of Skaggs, but the lefty settled down to escape further trouble.
Braves righthander Gary Moran was the only other South pitcher to give up a run. But while the South kept the North off the board, Rays lefthander Frank de los Santos was the only South pitcher to throw a perfect inning of work.
Jackson's Joe Dunigan won the pre-game home run derby.
• It was an eventful night for Mariners shortstop Nick Franklin. Franklin went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. He also stole a base, committed and error and helped turn two double plays.
• White Sox outfielder Jared Mitchell got a chance to show off his arm as he threw out Marte for an outfield assist at second.
• Mariners lefthander Danny Hultzen hardly got a chance to get warm in his one inning of work. It took Hultzen only nine pitches to get throw a scoreless first.
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