ANAHEIM, Calif. - Tensions in the Mets' dugout simmered as early as the third inning in Sunday's 14-2 loss to the Angels.
Daniel Murphy started jogging up the first-base line, thinking he had worked a walk, only to realize he had taken a called third strike. David Wright took another questionable called strike, then stepped out of the batter's box to jaw at plate umpire Toby Basner.
Four innings later, Wright and Murphy were gone, ejected for arguing balls and strikes.
"I said my piece out there on the field and I'm just going to leave it at that," said Wright, who could be fined.
Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed that both players were tossed for arguing the strike zone but declined to offer specifics. Murphy categorized the incident as a "disagreement."
The Mets appeared upset at the number of called strikes in the lower portion of the strike zone, and they didn't hide their disdain.
Curtis Granderson appeared to debate a strike call in the fourth. In the fifth, Ruben Tejada fired his bat away after taking a called third strike. By the seventh, Basner had endured a stream of criticism.
"Maybe he'd had enough," Murphy said. "I don't think there was any certain buzzword we had for him. But we disagreed with the call he had on Travis [d'Arnaud] and that was it. That brought out some emotion."
In the seventh, with the game well out of hand, tempers flared. D'Arnaud took a close called third strike. Of the nine Mets strikeouts to that point, six were looking. Wright and Murphy let their feelings be known from the dugout.
"If something happens to one of us, it happens to all of us," Wright said.
Soon the two were collecting their belongings and heading to the clubhouse. Collins raced to home plate from his perch on the top step, but it was too late to spare his players from ejections.
"I'm not even going to get into that," Wright said. "I'm not going to get into any more trouble than I'm already in. There were some disagreements."