Monday, July 28, 2014
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Tempers flare as Rockies top Braves

ASSOCIATED PRESS Rockies manager Walt Weiss smashes a bat into the wall in the dugout after he was ejected in the eighth inning.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Rockies manager Walt Weiss smashes a bat into the wall in the dugout after he was ejected in the eighth inning.
COREY DICKERSON is still wondering why he was at the center of a near scrum. Dickerson hit Atlanta catcher Gerald Laird with his backswing and tempers quickly flared, setting off a tense sequence and leading to several ejections yesterday as the Colorado Rockies beat the Braves, 10-3.

The Rockies led 8-3 in the eighth when Dickerson fouled away a pitch and knocked off Laird's facemask.

"It was on a two-strike slider on a backswing that I hit Laird, but it was an accident and I think they know that," Dickerson said.

A stunned Laird was on the ground for several minutes before walking off the field under his own power and being replaced by Evan Gattis.

"He's OK," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "They did all the concussion tests and the doctor cleared him to fly back with us. I'm sure he's going to be a little sore. Dickerson's backswing got him more on the jaw than on the head. I think we dodged a bullet there."

With his next pitch, Atlanta reliever David Carpenter hit Dickerson in the thigh and was ejected.

"I guess Carpenter thought it was on purpose," Dickerson said.

Rockies manager Walt Weiss bolted from the dugout and began yelling at Carpenter, as well as in the general direction of Gonzalez.

Weiss was held back by home plate umpire Jordan Baker before being ejected. When he returned to the dugout, Weiss smashed a bat against the wall.

"If you think a guy can foul a ball off and then at the same time hit the catcher on the backswing on purpose, you got no clue," Weiss said. "They made their decision. They made a bad choice."

Carpenter denied throwing at Dickerson.

"I tried to run a fastball in on him, it cut a little bit and caught him," he said. "Dickerson was looking at me and I thought, 'You just got hit, go to first base, that's all there is to it.' Get on with the next batter. I was surprised getting tossed out of the game there, I was preparing for the next hitter."

In the ninth, Rockies reliever Nick Masset hit Gattis in the hip with a pitch. Both Masset and Rockies bench coach Tom Runnells were immediately tossed.

Jhoulys Chacin (1-4) pitched seven scoreless innings for his first win of the season, backed by home runs from Charlie Blackmon and Justin Morneau.

Chacin, who missed the first month of the season with a right shoulder strain, struck out five and walked two. Rookie Tommy La Stella was the only Braves player to get a hit off him, singling in the second and doubling in the fifth.

"I didn't feel that good today," Chacin said. "I was just trying to make my pitches. I was keeping my pitches down and trying to get ahead and that's pretty much what I did. Any time you're throwing strikes, you're usually going to get good results."

In NL games

* At Cincinnati, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer off Zack Greinke (8-3) and the Reds beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-1, for a split of their four-game series. Alfredo Simon (9-3) gave up seven singles in eight innings, joining the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright as the NL's nine-game winners.

* At San Francisco, Tim Hudson (7-2) threw seven strong innings and left with a major league-best 1.81 ERA as the Giants avoided a four-game sweep, beating the Washington Nationals, 7-1.

* At Pittsburgh, Russell Martin and Andrew McCutchen hit run-scoring doubles and the Pirates blanked the Chicago Cubs, 4-0.

* At New York, Jonathan Lucroy his a two-run homer in the 13th to power the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-1 win over the Mets.

In AL games

* At Baltimore, Kevin Gausman (2-1) gave up one run over six innings and Delmon Young homered as the Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-2.

* At Boston, Jon Lester (7-7) worked into the eighth inning and David Ortiz hit a two-run homer to lead the struggling Red Sox to a 5-2 win over the Cleveland Indians.

* At Chicago, Max Scherzer (8-2) tossed a three-hitter in his first career complete game, and Victor Martinez hit his 16th homer to lead the Detroit Tigers a 4-0 win over the White Sox.

In interleague

* At Houston, Chris Carter delivered a walkoff homer in the 10th for the Astros in a 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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