Battlin' Bucs in brouhaha with Brewers

The benches cleared in a fight in the top of the third inning between the Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers today.

Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez hit a two-out triple that bounced off the top of the wall. Gomez had thought the baseball was gone, so he flipped his bat and jogged to first base before taking off at a dead sprint when it bounced off the deep center-field wall.

Pirates starter Gerrit Cole, who had been backing up the play, said something to Gomez when he went to third base to retrieve the ball from Josh Harrison, and Gomez took exception. He shouted back, and third-base umpire Jim Reynolds restrained him as he tried to rush Cole.

The benches cleared and bullpens emptied. Pirates outfielder Travis Snider left the bench, rushed Gomez and tried to tackle him, as did Pirates catcher Russell Martin. Pirates first baseman Gaby Sanchez had to restrain Martin and lead him back to the dugout.

A delay of several minutes followed as the umpires conferred. They eventually ejected Gomez and Snider. Brewers bench coach Jerry Narron also was ejected.

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