Washington Nationals star Juan Soto won the Major League Baseball home run contest on Monday.
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He defeated Seattle Mariners rookie Julio Rodriguez in the Finals.
Home run contest: Pete Alonso dethroned
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso failed to win the home run contest for the third straight time Monday in Los Angeles, losing in the second round.
Alonso hit a wall named Julio Rodriguez in the second round of the contest. The Seattle Mariners rookie, who gave 32 gifts to fans gathered in Dodger Stadium in the first round, was generous again in his duel against the two-time winner of the event, hitting 31 long balls.
Alonso was never able to match his opponent's breakneck pace, slamming 23 long balls all the same.
In the first round, the 27-year-old athlete easily eliminated Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Atlanta Braves. The latter hit 19 long balls first, setting the mark to beat for the Mets representative. Alonso had no difficulty reaching the plateau of 20 circuits, thus ensuring his qualification.