Benches clear after series of inside pitches

Updated: April 24, 2005, 6:08 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A sequence of inside pitches touched off a pair of scuffles between Tampa Bay and Boston during Sunday's game, resulting in ejections of four players and both managers.

Boston's Manny Ramirez had to jump out of the way of a high and inside pitch from Lance Carter with one out in the seventh. Red Sox starter Bronson Arroyo had hit Aubrey Huff with a pitch one inning earlier.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona came out of the dugout to talk with plate umpire Ted Barrett after Carter's pitch. After no action was taken by the umpires, Ramirez then homered on Carter's next pitch.

Both dugouts and bullpens emptied when Carter's 1-2 pitch was high and tight to the next batter, David Ortiz. The Boston designated hitter took several steps toward the mound and was restrained by Tampa Bay catcher Toby Hall and Barrett.

Carter, Piniella, Tampa Bay's Dewon Brazelton and Boston's Trot Nixon were then ejected after the game was delayed nine minutes. Seth McClung struck out Ortiz when play resumed.

Both teams met again near the mound after Arroyo hit Chris Singleton with his second pitch in the bottom of the seventh. Arroyo and Francona were both tossed during a four-minute stoppage.

The Red Sox won 11-3.


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