Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Benches clear again during Rays-Red Sox game

Boston´s David Ortiz is restrained after teammate Mike Carp was hit by a pitch against the Rays.
Boston's David Ortiz is restrained after teammate Mike Carp was hit by a pitch against the Rays. WINSLOW TOWNSON / Getty Images
BOSTON - The Rays and Red Sox were at it again Friday.

Both benches cleared at Fenway Park during the latest scuffle between baseball's Hatfields and McCoys that featured four Boston ejections - including three managers.

It started in the first inning, when Tampa Bay ace David Price hit David Ortiz in the hip on his first pitch to the Boston DH. The umpires warned both benches, and Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected when he came out of the dugout to argue.

In the fourth, Price plunked Mike Carp, and players rushed from both dugouts for a round of pushing and shoving, but no punching. Price was not ejected, which infuriated Boston bench coach Torey Luvollo enough to get him tossed.

Boston retaliated in the sixth, when Brandon Workman threw a high pitch behind Rays slugger Evan Longoria. angering the Rays third baseman.

Workman was ejected and third base coach Brian Butterfield, who also was acting manager, was automatically tossed with him. That left hitting coach Greg Colbrunn as the fourth Red Sox skipper of the night.

The Red Sox won the game in the 10th, when Jonny Gomes was hit by a pitch and scored on a triple by A.J. Pierzynski.

Royals 6, Blue Jays 1 - Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain homered, Jason Vargas won for the first time in three starts, and visiting Kansas City beat red-hot Toronto.

Cain went 3-for-4 and matched a career high with four RBIs, and Gordon reached base three times as the Royals won their second straight and handed Toronto its second consecutive loss following a season-best nine-game winning streak.

The Jays' Edwin Encarnacion, whose 16th homer Thursday tied Mickey Mantle for the American League record in May, failed to tie Barry Bonds' major league record of 17.

Indians 5, Rockies 2 - Corey Kluber struck out 12 in 71/3 innings to continue his dominant pitching in May, and Asdrubal Cabrera's two-run homer broke a fifth-inning tie to lead host Cleveland over Colorado.

Kluber (6-3) gave up a two-run homer to Carlos Gonzalez in the fourth inning, but recorded his third double-figure strikeout game of the season. He ends the month with a 4-0 record, a 2.09 ERA in six starts, and 60 strikeouts in 43 innings.

Twins 6, Yankees 1 - Ricky Nolasco pitched six solid innings for his first win in more than a month, Oswaldo Arcia homered and threw out a runner at home plate, and Minnesota flexed some muscle in the Bronx. Josh Willingham and Trevor Plouffe also hit homers against Vidal Nuno (1-2) for the light-hitting Twins, winners for the second time in eight games. Texas and Kansas City were the only American League teams to enter Friday with fewer homers than the Twins' 39.

Astros 2, Orioles 1 - Jonathan Villar broke an 0-for-26 slump with a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh inning, and host Houston extended its winning streak to seven games in the annual Major League Baseball Civil Rights game. It is the first time Houston, losers of 100-plus games the last three seasons, has won seven straight since 2010.

Associated Press
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