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Tempers Boil in Reds-Rockies Game

July 15, 2000

DENVER (AP) _ Three days worth of tension spilled over Saturday as the Cincinnati Reds and Colorado Rockies scuffled in the seventh inning of their series finale.

Reds reliever Scott Sullivan touched off the brawl when he hit Brian Hunter in the shoulder minutes after Ken Griffey Jr. was plunked in the thigh by former Cincinnati right-hander Stan Belinda.

Hunter swung wildly at Sullivan when they met halfway between the mound and home plate, and the two were quickly engulfed by their teammates as Sullivan tried to get the upper hand.

The origin of the fight dated to Thursday night when Griffey was hit in the back and Colorado star Larry Walker was hit three innings later. Walker played peacemaker Saturday by restraining Griffey and Sean Casey.

The fighting lasted less than two minutes and Sullivan, Hunter, Colorado first baseman Todd Helton and Rockies manager Buddy Bell were ejected.

Cincinnati manager Jack McKeon motioned for his players to leave the field while the umpires sorted out the mess, but the Reds never made it to the dugout before returning.

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