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Basebrawl: Arenado charges mound, Rockies beat Padres 6-4 - MLB Summaries/Schedule

DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado nearly connected for a couple of huge hits.

Furious with a fastball that buzzed behind his back, the Colorado slugger immediately charged the mound. And he came out wildly swinging at pitcher Luis Perdomo.

Arenado's rush set off a heated fracas in the third inning that led to five ejections during a testy game in which the Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 6-4 on Wednesday.

"They thought they had to do something," Arenado said. "I thought I had to do something, too. That's kind of why I went out there."

Perdomo flung his glove at the bolting Arenado and missed. Arenado then threw a couple of big punches at the backpedaling Perdomo, but didn't land anything squarely.

The All-Star third baseman's reaction certainly woke up the slumbering Colorado bats, with the Rockies scoring five times in the inning to take a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

"We won today and that's all that mattered," Arenado said.

The tension between these two NL West teams started boiling a night earlier at Coors Field when Padres outfielder Manuel Margot got hit in the ribs by a pitch, putting him on the disabled list. The problems festered early on in the series finale, with Colorado's Trevor Story being plunked in the first and San Diego's Hunter Renfroe in the second.

That set the stage for Arenado, who didn't take kindly to Perdomo's pitch, as the benches cleared and the relievers sprinted in from the bullpen.

"I had a feeling they could do it to someone," said Arenado, who expects to be suspended. "I didn't think it would be me."

An incensed Arenado began screaming at Padres catcher A.J. Ellis, leading to San Diego bench coach Mark McGwire holding the All-Star third baseman back. Rockies starter German Marquez got involved by throwing a towel and Colorado outfielder Gerardo Parra looked as if he threw a punch.

Once order was finally restored, the umpires met for several minutes before ejecting Perdomo, Ellis, Arenado, Marquez and Parra.

"Our job is to try and calm everything down, but you've got to eject the aggressors," crew chief Brian Gorman said.

Ellis struggled to understand the situation.

"To react like that and go out there, especially when he didn't even get hit — the ball was behind him," Ellis said. "Nolan goes out and at that point it's about having each other's back. You take care of your brothers and teammates."

This might not be the end of this feud, either. The two teams play again in Denver starting on April 23.

"I don't have the answer to that one," Arenado said. "We'll see."

Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez said he followed Arenado onto the field.

"We don't show up to the ballpark to create that kind of atmosphere," Gonzalez said. "We understand there are a lot of kids watching us play. There are a lot of kids who love No. 28. That's the last thing they want to see."

Sometimes, emotions spill over.

"When somebody charges the mound, the whole team is going to come out and defend each other," Padres manager Andy Green said.

Colorado erupted soon after the melee, sending nine hitters to the plate with most of the damage off reliever Buddy Baumann (0-1) when he took over for Perdomo. The big play was Tony Wolters' bases-loaded, two-run single that center fielder Franchy Cordero misplayed to allow another run to score.

Cordero atoned with a solo homer as part of San Diego's three-run the sixth. Eric Hosmer hit his first homer as a member of the Padres in the eighth.

Antonio Senzatela (1-1) struggled over three innings while filling in for Marquez. Wade Davis pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save as the Rockies finished the homestand 2-4.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— No major league team is hotter than the New York Mets, who are fresh off a 70-92 season. The Mets picked up their eighth straight win and improved to 10-1 by scoring four times in the eighth inning of a 4-1 victory at Miami. Winning pitcher Zack Wheeler limited the Marlins to a run and two hits over seven innings of his first start this season before the Mets rallied to extend the best start in team history.

— Tyler Austin rushed the mound after being hit by a pitch from Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly in the seventh inning, triggering a fight that led to the ejections of both players and Yankees coach Phil Nevin. The beanball came four innings after Austin's spikes clipped Brock Holt's leg on a slide into second base. The loss leaves Boston 9-2.

— There was a benches-clearing brawl in the Rockies' 6-4 win over the Padres. Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado charged the mound after a fastball from Luis Perdomo sailed behind him in the third inning. The Rockies immediately responded with a five-run third following the ejections of Arenado, Perdomo, Padres catcher A.J. Ellis, Colorado starter German Marquez and Rockies outfielder Gerardo Parra.

— Khris Davis, Matt Chapman and Jed Lowrie each homered as part of the Athletics' 21-hit attack in a 16-6 mauling of the Dodgers. Marcus Semien stretched his hitting streak to nine games by going 2-for-5 with four RBIs and three runs scored for Oakland.

— Paul Goldschmidt slammed a two-run homer and had three RBIs as the Diamondbacks whipped the Giants, 7-3 to improve to improve to 9-3. John Ryan Murphy also homered and Ketel Marte went 3-for-4 with an RBI to help Arizona spoil the major league debut of Andrew Suarez, who allowed four runs while striking out seven over 5 1/3 innings.

— Javier Baez homered twice for the second straight day, collected four RBIs and scored the go-ahead run as the Cubs crushed the Pirates, 13-5. Kris Bryant had three hits and two RBIs, while Ben Zobrist drove in a pair in Chicago's first home night game of the year.

— Peter Bourjos singled home two runs in the 12th inning as the Braves topped the Nationals, 5-3 to avoid a three-game sweep. Kurt Suzuki homered twice for Atlanta, which finished the game without starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy because of an injury to his non-throwing shoulder.

— Solo homers by Hernan Perez and Eric Thames helped the Brewers build an early 3-0 lead in a 3-2 win at St. Louis. Matt Albers stranded two runners to pick up the save after Tommy Pham homered off Josh Hader to get the Cardinals within a run.

— Odubel Herrera took away a two-run homer from Scooter Gennett in the 10th inning before Scott Kingery supplied a walk-off, sacrifice fly in the 12th to give the Phillies a 4-3 win over Cincinnati. J.P. Crawford hit his first career homer and Cesar Hernandez also went deep for Philadelphia.

— Shohei Ohtani put the Angels ahead with an RBI single and Kole Calhoun went 3-for-5 with a two-run single as the Angels roughed up the Rangers, 7-2. Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus suffered a broken right elbow when he was hit by a pitch in the ninth inning.

— Minnesota blew an 8-1 lead before Max Kepler launched a solo homer with two out in the bottom of the ninth to give the Twins a 9-8 victory over the Astros. Kepler also belted a two-run shot in Minnesota's eight-run fourth before his second home run sent the Twins to their second straight win over Houston.

— Carlos Carrasco tossed a three-hitter and Yonder Alonso supplied a two-run single while the Indians scored four times in the fourth inning of a 5-1 win against the Tigers. Detroit starter Jordan Zimmermann suffered a bruised jaw when hit by a line drive off the bat of Jason Kipnis in the first inning.

— Jonathan Schoop delivered an RBI double and a run-scoring single as the Orioles handed the Blue Jays just the third loss in their last 11 games, 5-3. Kevin Gausman struck out seven while yielding three runs and six hits over six innings to help Baltimore avoid a three-game sweep.

— The White Sox had been 0-5 at home until Matt Davidson smacked a two-run homer off Austin Pruitt in the eighth inning of a 2-1 win against the Rays. James Shields gained a no-decision after limiting his former team to a run and four hits over 6 1/3 innings.

— Kyle Seager hit a go-ahead homer with two out in the eighth inning of the Mariners' 4-3 win at Kansas City. Seager also drove in a run with sacrifice fly to help Seattle finish 4-3 on its road trip.

THURSDAY'S GAMES (All Times EDT)
AMERICAN LEAGUE
Detroit (Fulmer 1-1) at Cleveland (Bauer 0-1), 6:10 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees (Gray 1-0) at Boston (Porcello 2-0), 7:10 p.m.
Chicago White Sox (Giolito 0-1) at Minnesota (Berrios 1-1), 8:10 p.m.
L.A. Angels (TBD) at Kansas City (Kennedy 1-0), 8:15 p.m.
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh (Williams 2-0) at Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 0-0), 2:20 p.m.
St. Louis (Wacha 1-1) at Cincinnati (Romano 0-1), 6:40 p.m.
Colorado (Bettis 1-0) at Washington (Gonzalez 1-0), 7:05 p.m.
San Francisco (Stratton 0-1) at San Diego (Mitchell 0-1), 10:10 p.m.

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