Gausman ejected in Orioles’ loss to Red Sox after MLB warns both teams
The Associated Press
BOSTON — Major League Baseball told the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles to stop their festering feud.
Then the umpires backed it up.
Hours after a conference call with the teams, Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman was ejected in the second inning for hitting a batter and Boston went on to a 4-2 victory Wednesday.
“Given the situation and the tension between the two clubs and all the stuff that’s gone over the past few weeks, we’re all on high alert with anything,” crew chief Sam Holbrook said in a statement to a pool reporter. “There needs to be an end to this stuff, and I felt like an ejection was the right thing to do at that time.”
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was tossed later, after arguing a called strike in the fifth. On Monday, the All-Star was the target of racial slurs at Fenway Park, and on Tuesday the Red Sox fans gave him a loud ovation.
Jones did not comment after Wednesday’s game.
Gausman was ejected after what appeared to be a curveball hit Xander Bogaerts. Baltimore catcher Caleb Joseph slammed his mask on the plate and manager Buck Showalter bolted from the dugout to argue. Gausman looked puzzled, at first, and then hollered.
Gausman said it was “pretty bush league” that he was tossed, especially since Red Sox starter Chris Sale was merely warned after throwing a pitch behind Manny Machado the day before.
“He did it on purpose, and everybody knew it,” Gausman said. “For him to get away with it, and I hit a guy with a curveball and they throw me out of the game, that’s pretty ridiculous.”
Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said before the game that he hoped Sale would be suspended.
“Of course, I’m concerned about our guys, but we can’t have the pitchers in this league throwing at the hitters (and) it doesn’t work,” Duquette told reporters in the Baltimore dug-out before the game.
Josh Rutledge drove in a pair of runs for Boston after entering the game in the first inning when starting third baseman Marco Hernandez left with a strained left shoulder.
Drew Pomeranz (3-1) gave up two runs on five hits to earn the win.
Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his 10th save in 11 chances.
Gausman (1-3) was the losing pitcher.