Kevin Gausman

Red Sox beat Orioles, 4-2, amid flurry of ejections

Red Sox beat Orioles, 4-2, amid flurry of ejections

Hours after Major League Baseball held a conference call to tell the Red Sox and Orioles to stop their festering feud, Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman was ejected in the second inning for hitting a batter and Boston went on to win 4-2 Wednesday night.

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was later tossed, too, soon after being upset by a called strike. On Monday night, the All-Star was the target of racial slurs at Fenway Park, prompting apologies from the Red Sox, the mayor of Boston and the governor of Massachusetts.

Gausman was tossed by plate umpire Sam Holbrook after what appeared to be a curveball hit Xander Bogaerts. Catcher Caleb Josephslammed his mask on the plate and manager Buck Showalter bolted from the dugout to argue. Gausman looked puzzled, at first, and then hollered.

Before the game, the teams talked to MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre, with Red Sox manager John Farrell saying the message was "Enough is enough" after Boston pitchers recently threw at Orioles star Manny Machado. On April 21, Machado made a late slide that injured Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

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Kevin Gausman gets ejected in 2nd inning after hitting Xander Bogaerts

Kevin Gausman gets ejected in 2nd inning after hitting Xander Bogaerts

On Kevin Gausman’s 20th pitch of the night and his first pitch of the second inning, he hung a breaking ball to Xander Bogaerts.

Bam. Gone.

Home-plate ump and crew chief Sam Holbrook tossed Gausman, the Orioles starter, after he hit Bogaerts in the back — an unwarranted ejection considering the pitch went 76 mph.

In the strange tale of the Red Sox and Orioles this season, now the umpiring crew is involved. And the Orioles have every right to be unhappy. Dipping into the bullpen in the second inning could hurt the Orioles for days.

No were warnings were issued before the game at Fenway Park. They didn’t have to be, in effect, because commissioner Rob Manfred probably put everyone on edge when he held a conference call that included both teams’ managers.

Farrell before the game explained why it's a better scenario for teams that no warnings are issued.

“When you do that at the outset before the game even starts, I think it affects the play of the game, because still pitchers have to pitch to both sides of the plate,” Farrell said. “They have to pitch with some conviction and say if you're trying to throw a fastball in on a hitter, whether for a strike or in off the plate for effect, which is common. If you don't have that conviction, that is when the results probably aren't what you're looking to get. When you have a warning, the pitcher may be a little bit more tentative throwing a pitch in on a guy."

So much for that.

Holbrook chucked Gausman immediately. Catcher Caleb Joseph might have been the angriest of all, jumping up into Holbrook’s face.

The Orioles will likely be angry after Wednesday's game, but that anger may finally be directed somewhere other than the Sox.

Mookie Betts on Wednesday afternoon talked of moving on from the bad blood, as did Farrell.

“You have two teams that are highly competitive,” Farrell said before the game. “Two teams that support one another on their club. That hasn't been a one incident type of situation. I think that is pretty clear. We're looking forward to playing a good hard brand of baseball. We know there's some pitches that have gotten away from both sides.”