Bobby Abreu hit a go-ahead two-run single and Vladimir Guerrero belted his first home run of the season on Sunday as the Los Angeles Angels downed Boston 5-4 in a tense Major League Baseball contest.
Things got testy early as the benches cleared in the first inning when the Angels were angered that Boston pitcher Josh Beckett threw a pitch over Abreu’s head just as home plate umpire Paul Schreiber was calling a timeout.
Abreu said something to Beckett and was held back by Schreiber, then both dugouts and bullpens emptied, although no punches were thrown.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia ordered his players and coaches back to the dugout, and remained on the field discussing the situation with officiating crew chief Joe West before Beckett walked toward Scioscia and exchanged some heated words.
Players poured onto the field again, with more pushing and shoving before Angels center fielder Torii Hunter was ejected and had to be restrained by teammate Howie Kendrick.
Mickey Hatcher and reliever Justin Speier were also ejected.
The Angels had won the series opener on Friday after paying emotional tribute to 22-year-old rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart, who was killed last Thursday along with two friends when the car they were in was rammed by a van driven by a suspected drunken driver.
In Sunday’s other games it was:
• White Sox 6, Twins 1
• Indians 8, Blue Jays 4
• Rays 11, Orioles 3
• Mariners 1, Athletics 0
• Royals 6, Yankees 4
• Tigers 6, Rangers 4
Josh Johnson pitched a five-hitter for his second complete game in 45 career starts as the Florida Marlins scored two unearned runs to edge the Mets 2-1 on Sunday, handing the New York ace Johan Santana his first loss since June 28.
While Johnson retired 15 batters in a row, Santana was just as good. The left-hander struck out 13 in seven innings, allowing only three hits. But left fielder Daniel Murphy dropped a two-out flyball in the second for an error that led to both Florida runs. Santana (1-1) had made 18 starts in a row without a loss, winning 10 straight decisions.
The Marlins totaled only three hits, but ended their season-opening homestand at 5-1, the best start in franchise history.
Also on Sunday it was:
• Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 1
• Reds 2, Pirates 0
• Cardinals 3, Astros 0
• Padres 6, Giants 1
• Braves 8, Nationals 5
• Phillies 7, Rockies 5
• Cubs 8, Brewers 5