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Ortiz, Red Sox rout, brawl with Orioles

Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Kevin Gregg (63) takes

Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Kevin Gregg (63) takes a swing at Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz as umpire Mike Estabrook looks on after they exchanged words after Ortiz flied out during the eighth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park. (July 8, 2011) Credit: AP

David Ortiz homered in Boston's eight-run first inning, then got into a bench-clearing brawl with reliever Kevin Gregg as the host Red Sox routed the Baltimore Orioles, 10-3, Friday night.

Moments before the fight, Ortiz started toward the mound after taking a second straight pitch inside from Gregg. The benches and bullpens emptied, but nothing developed and Ortiz stepped back into the batter's box.

Gregg got him to pop out, then shouted something as the Boston slugger started down the first-base line. Plate umpire Mike Estabrook immediately ejected Gregg -- and Ortiz charged toward the mound. Gregg and Ortiz each threw a few haymakers, but the bout was swallowed up by players rushing onto the field.

It took more than 15 minutes to restore order. Gregg and Ortiz were tossed, as well as Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Orioles reliever Jim Johnson.

The Red Sox tagged starter Zach Britton (6-7) for seven earned runs in the first inning.

The Red Sox said pitcher Josh Beckett slightly hyperextended his left knee. He was pulled after the fifth inning.

Blue Jays 7, Indians 7: Travis Snider drove in five runs and Rajai Davis four for visiting Toronto.

Phillies 3, Braves 2: Raul Ibañez's home run in the 10th won it for host Philadelphia.

Rockies 3, Nationals 2: Jason Hammel (5-8) pitched into the seventh inning as visiting Colorado ended a five-game losing streak.

Washington starter John Lannan (Chaminade, Long Beach) retired his first 10 batters, striking out five, but left in the fourth after Ty Wigginton's liner hit him in the nose. Lannan (5-6) has a nasal contusion and is day-to-day.

Marlins 6, Astros 3: Hanley Ramirez had three hits and three RBIs and Javier Vazquez (5-8) pitched seven solid innings for host Florida.

D-backs 7, Cardinals 6: Kelly Johnson's grand slam broke a seventh-inning tie for visiting Arizona.

Pirates 7, Cubs 4: Mike McKenry's first major league home run, a three-run shot in the eighth inning assured host Pittsburgh of a winning record at the All-Star break for the first time in 19 years. -- AP


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