DENVER (AP) — Corey Dickerson hit Atlanta catcher Gerald Laird with his backswing and tempers quickly flared, setting off a tense sequence and leading to several ejections Thursday as the Colorado Rockies beat the Braves 10-3.
The Rockies led 8-3 in the eighth inning when Dickerson knocked off Laird’s facemask with his swing — Dickerson said it was an accident.
Laird was down for several minutes before walking off and being replaced by Evan Gattis. With his next pitch, Atlanta reliever David Carpenter hit Dickerson in the thigh and was ejected.
Rockies manager Walt Weiss bolted from the dugout and began yelling at Carpenter, as well as in the general direction of Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.
Weiss was held back by plate umpire Jordan Baker before being ejected. When he returned to the dugout, Weiss smashed a bat against the wall.
In the ninth, Rockies reliever Nick Masset hit Gattis in the hip with a pitch. Both Masset and Rockies bench coach Tom Runnells were immediately tossed.
Jhoulys Chacin (1-4) pitched seven scoreless innings. Ervin Santana (5-3) took the loss.
GIANTS 7, NATIONALS 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tim Hudson threw seven strong innings and left with a major league-best 1.81 ERA as the San Francisco Giants avoided a four-game sweep by beating Washington.
Michael Morse got three hits and scored twice for the Giants, who had a five-game winning streak before Washington came to town. The Nationals have lost just twice in 10 games.
Hudson (7-2) allowed one unearned run and six hits. The Giants are 7-0 in games he has started at home.
Blake Treinen (0-3) remained winless at the major league level despite a 2.08 ERA.
REDS 4, DODGERS 1
CINCINNATI (AP) — Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer off Zack Greinke, who lost his perfect record at Great American Ball Park when the Cincinnati Reds beat the Los Angeles Dodgers for a split of their four-game series.
The Reds won the last two games to finish a 5-5 homestand that left them stuck closer to the bottom of the NL Central than the top.
Alfredo Simon (9-3) gave up seven singles in eight innings, joining the Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright as the NL’s nine-game winners.
Greinke (8-3) had been 4-0 in five games at Great American.
PHILLIES 7, PADRES 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pinch-hitter Reid Brignac lined a tiebreaking, two-run double in the sixth inning and John Mayberry Jr. hit a three-run homer as the Philadelphia Phillies beat San Diego in steady rain to complete a three-game sweep.
Brignac, whose three-run homer in the ninth gave the Phillies a 3-0 victory a night earlier, hit a drive off Dale Thayer for a 4-2 lead.
Mayberry connected an inning later off Alex Torres. Making a spot start for Ryan Howard, Mayberry also doubled twice.
Kyle Kendrick (2-6) allowed one earned run in six innings.
Eric Stults (2-8) allowed four runs and eight hits in five-plus innings.