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Yankees 9, Orioles 5

May 20, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ In one of the wildest brawls in recent baseball history, filled with big punches and spilling into the dugout in 10 minutes of fury, the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-5 Tuesday night.

Bernie Williams hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, putting the Yankees ahead 7-5, and then the trouble began when Armando Benitez drilled Tino Martinez in the upper back with his next pitch.

Plate umpire Drew Coble immediately ejected Benitez, while Darryl Strawberry and Chad Curtis led the Yankees’ charge from the first-base dugout. Benitez dropped his glove, motioning for Strawberry to fight, and then both teams went crazy.

After a bit of pushing and shoving, Yankees reliever Graeme Lloyd rushed from the bullpen and started swinging at Benitez. With nearly every player participating, the pile moved toward Baltimore’s third-base dugout, punctuated by several separate fights. Perfect game pitcher David Wells tried to get involved, but was held back by Baltimore’s Jimmy Key.

All of a sudden, Strawberry came flying from the top step of the dugout and landed a left hook to Benitez’s face. Strawberry fell into the bench, with Baltimore’s Cal Ripken and coach Eddie Murray trying to hold him back.

At the point, nearly every player was in the dugout and it took at least 10 minutes to restore order. There was no immediate word on additional ejections or penalties.

Once play resumed, Tim Raines hit the first pitch from reliever Bobby Munoz for a two-run homer.


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