Lilly hits Renteria, gets tossed in first

Updated: June 11, 2007, 3:02 AM ET
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ATLANTA -- Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly was ejected with two out in the first inning after hitting Atlanta shortstop Edgar Renteria with a pitch on Sunday night.

As benches started to clear, Cubs manager Lou Piniella asked home plate umpire Jim Wolf why he ejected Lilly.

"He threw at him," said Wolf who was miked for the ESPN broadcast.

"How do you know?" Piniella said.

"I knew he was going to do it," Wolf replied. "I was waiting for it."

Renteria quickly retaliated, hitting Cubs second baseman Mike Fontenot in the face with his right hand as he slid into second base on a successful stolen base attempt with the next hitter, Andruw Jones, at the plate.

Jones grounded out against right-hander Carlos Marmol -- Lilly's replacement -- to end the inning.

Lilly had a 2-0 count on Renteria when he threw up and in. The ball appeared to hit Renteria on the hand. He took a couple of steps toward the mound before Wolf and Cubs catcher Michael Barrett stepped in front of him to prevent a fight.

Both benches emptied, but no punches were thrown.

Chris Woodward pinch-hit for Renteria in the fourth. A contusion on his left hand, the result of Lilly's fastball, caused Renteria to leave the game. The Braves said X-rays taken at Turner Field were negative.

In the Braves' 9-5 victory on Saturday, Atlanta starter Tim Hudson hit Cubs leadoff hitter Alfonso Soriano with a pitch in the back. The day before, Soriano hit three homers in a 9-1 win.

Renteria homered and drove in four runs on Saturday.

Asked during the broadcast of the game on Sunday night if the teams had been warned before the contest, Piniella said, "No warning whatsoever."

Lilly threw 10 pitches, striking out two. The Cubs used five more pitchers and actually took a 4-2 lead into the eighth inning before losing 5-4.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.