Orioles, Red Sox empty benches after Cabrera's close pitch

Updated: September 7, 2007, 9:23 PM ET
Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox charged from the dugouts and bullpens Friday night after Orioles pitcher Daniel Cabrera threw a high pitch behind the ear of Dustin Pedroia.

The pitch came in the fourth inning, immediately after Cabrera was called for a balk that forced in a run to give Boston a 3-0 lead.

As soon as the pitch sailed past Pedroia, plate umpire Mike DiMuro issued a warning to both teams as the Red Sox collectively emerged from the dugout, led by manager Terry Francona.

Order was quickly restored, but Baltimore catcher Ramon Hernandez waved his arms toward the Boston dugout. At that point, the Red Sox spilled back onto the field and several players from both teams ran in from the bullpen, including at least two who jumped over the 7-foot wall.

The 6-foot-9 Cabrera motioned for the Red Sox to come out and fight. He threw down his glove, and his jersey came undone as he attempted to tear away from the grasp of first base umpire Bill Welke.

Cabrera was ejected from the game, a ruling that drew a lengthy, heated argument from Orioles manager Dave Trembley.

Trembley and the Orioles are enduring the team's most horrid stretch of the season. The team entered the game with 14 losses in 16 games, including 10 straight at home, tying an Orioles record set in 1954.

When order was restored, Brian Burres retired Pedroia on a fly to center.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press