Wilson allowed three hits in seven innings before being ejected for inciting a benches-clearing brawl as the
posted a 3-1 victory over the Cubs to gain a split of their four-game series.
After a leadoff single by Rainer Olmedo in the bottom of the seventh, Wilson was attempting to bunt when Farnsworth backed him off the plate with an inside fastball.
Wilson (5-4) exchanged words with Farnsworth before charging toward the mound. But he never made it close as the Cubs reliever met him by the third base line and delivered a vicious tackle that immediately put Wilson on his back.
"I was surprised he came at me," Farnsworth said. "I wasn't trying to hit the pitcher in a tight game. It was 2-1, a runner on first and he's making an out (with a sacrifice bunt). ... He said, 'What the (bleep) are you doing?' I said, 'What?' He said something else and I said, '(Bleep) you.' Any time he wants to come out, he's welcome."
"There's no question Farnsworth threw at Wilson, right in the face," Reds manager
said. "He should have been ejected right there. I don't know why he wasn't. ... I don't fault Wilson. He didn't charge the mound. Farnsworth charged him."
After approximately 10 minutes, the teams returned to their dugouts, with Farnsworth and Wilson being ejected. Farnsworth drank water in his dugout with a smirk on his face. Wilson used a towel to wipe his bloody and swollen nose.
The brawl and ejection ended Wilson's bid for his first complete game since last June 4. But it still was his best start of the year as he gave up one run, walked one and struck out four.
"It's been a weird week for me," said Wilson, whose previous start on Sunday was rained out.
pitched a perfect eighth inning and
worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances.
The Reds had lost three of their previous four games since being involved in another brawl last Friday in a 15-1 romp over the
"Didn't they have a fight a few days ago?," Cubs manager
asked. "It appears they have bad blood with a lot of people. We're not a team to have bad blood with. We have guys that can hurt you with the ball."
(8-3) lost for the first time since May 23, allowing two runs and seven hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out five.
"I didn't understand what happened (to spark the brawl)," Prior said. "My take: they probably thought I was throwing at (Jason) LaRue. It just got away. ... Baseball people will remember. It's a tight (division) race to begin with. It will be intense. There probably will be carry over."
"Everybody on this team is going to protect each other," LaRue said. "I've been hit a ton of times. I always stand close to the plate, but that was behind me. It was way off the plate."
The Reds took the lead in the third inning on an RBI single by
and Wilson retired the first 11 batters until
, who hit a 464-foot home run Wednesday in his return from a seven-game suspension for corking his bat, followed with a base hit through the middle to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
blooped a single into left-center field to plate Patterson, tying the score, 1-1. Wilson stranded both runners by retiring
on a flyout.
singled off Prior to start the fourth and LaRue doubled down the left field line before Olmedo had an RBI groundout to give the Reds a 2-1 edge.
After Farnsworth was ejected,
came on and retired Ken Griffey Jr. on a lineout. But
lined a single into left-center field to plate Olmedo for a 3-1 advantage.
Williamson started the ninth by retiring Patterson on a groundout before Sosa and Alou had consecutive singles. After getting ahead, 0-2, Williamson threw four straight balls to Karros to put the go-ahead run on base. The righthander rebounded by striking out pinch hitters
and Troy O'Leary, who could not check his swing on a 1-2 split-finger fastball in the dirt.
"He's a ticket seller, he keeps you right in your seat," Boone said. "(Williamson) can get a strikeout. The strikeout can get you out of trouble."