Former Salem Red Sox Moncada named MVP of All-Star Futures Game

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Boston Red Sox farmhand Yoan Moncada hit a go-ahead, two-run home run in the eighth inning and Eloy Jimenez added a three-run shot in the ninth to help the World beat the United States 11-3 in the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday.

The World team snapped a six-game losing streak in the showcase of top minor league talent.

With Raimel Tapia of the Rockies aboard on an error, Moncada, a Cuban who plays for Double-A Portland, hit a line shot to left off Anthony Banda of the Diamondbacks to give the World a 4-3 lead.

The Red Sox agreed to give Moncada a $31.5 million signing bonus — with a $31.5 million tax imposed by Major League Baseball — in March 2015, the highest bonus ever for an international amateur. Cuban authorities allowed him to leave in 2014.

Moncada wore eye black in the colors of the Cuban flag.

He began the season in Salem before being called up to Portland last month. In Salem, Moncada posted a .307 batting average with four home runs and 34 RBI in 61 games.