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Tempers were high in Houston on Monday night, as Seattle Mariners coach Scott Servais was ejected in the ninth inning after both benches cleared.
In the top of the ninth with Seattle leading 5-4, Houston reliever Héctor Neris hit Mariners first baseman Ty France in the back. Servais could be seen chirping with the Astros dugout before being one of the first sailors out of the dugout and rushing for home plate.
Astros manager Dusty Baker was in the middle of the fray, chatting with two Mariners players.
After the game, a 7-4 victory for Seattle, Baker told reporters that Neris had no intention of sinking France.
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“The pitch behind France, in a one-point game you’re not going to put anybody on, nobody throws it,” Baker said. “We’re not doing that anyway. It was a series of bad events and I don’t want to talk too much about it because I’m already a bit (upset).”
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Servais had a different view of the situation.
“All I know is our best hitters are there, there’s two out in the ninth and you throw the first pitch behind him,” Servais said. “It’s pretty obvious.”
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after things chilled between the two teamsMariners center fielder Julio Rodriguez homered in the top of the ninth inning, giving Seattle a three-run cushion.
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“After this whole situation and being able to deliver for a team like that…I was really excited,” Rodriguez said. “I never really talked or shouted during my circuits like that. But given the situation, I felt I had to do it and kind of let all my emotions out.”
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With the win, Seattle moved to 25-30 on the season, while Houston fell to 35-20. The two teams will play Game 2 of their three-game series Tuesday at 8:10 p.m. ET.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.