Ramirez, Payton help Boston avoid sweep by Tampa Bay
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) -- It took only six games this season for the
Boston Red Sox
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
to renew their mutual dislike.
homered after being thrown behind and
belted a grand slam as Boston avoided a three-game sweep in an 11-3 rout over Tampa Bay.
Benches emptied in the seventh inning when Tampa Bay reliever
threw a 2-1 fastball over the head of
, who attempted to charge the mound before being restrained by catcher
. Carter and
were ejected along with Boston outfielder
and Tampa Bay pitcher
"Sometimes the game gets a little crazy,"
said. "They're going to have their version (of what happened), we'll have our version."
"I'm embarrassed I got thrown out of the ballgame," Brazelton said. "Normally when you go out there it's a song and dance, but in this case I was trying to protect our pitcher. Nobody wants to hurt anybody, that's just baseball."
The altercation was instigated a batter earlier when Carter threw his first pitch behind Ramirez and plate umpire
issued warnings to both teams. Ramirez followed with his sixth homer of the season into the left field stands for a 5-2 lead.
"They woke up the baby," Boston's first baseman
said. "Sometimes Manny takes a nap, but he had the best retaliation."
In the bottom of the seventh, Boston starter
and the benches emptied again. Arroyo and
"We're a family in here," said Millar, who was hit twice in three days by Tampa Bay pitchers. "You protect your family. It's been going on for a hundred years."
Order was restored thereafter and the
pulled away in the eighth when Payton greeted reliever
with a grand slam - the fifth allowed by the
in their past 10 games - and Ortiz followed with a long homer to right, his seventh of the season.
"They need to stop throwing at someone's head," Ortiz said. "I don't play that. That's dangerous. They've been playing the hitting game three days ... hitting us on purpose."
During the three-game series, seven players were hit by pitches - four
"If they are going to hit our batters, we're certainly going to do the same thing," Piniella said. "In that case the ball might have gotten away from (Carter). Look, we walked nine batters. It wasn't like we had impeccable control.
"We're not going to be intimidated whether you are a championship ballclub or not. I don't know what their intentions were and I'm not going to put words in anybody's mouth. I know we are going to protect our hitters."
There has been a detailed history of skirmishes between the two American League East Division rivals. Last season, benches emptied on September 27 when
hit Millar and Ramirez in the fourth inning in response to Arroyo hitting two batters in the previous frame.
charged Boston ace
after being hit with a pitch here in August 2000. In that game, Tampa Bay had eight players ejected and the
Kazmir helped ignite Sunday's brawl by hitting Millar and Ramirez on Friday night, sparking some harsh words from Francona.
Arroyo (2-0) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings for Boston, which avoided its first three-game series sweep against Tampa Bay.
paced Boston with four hits.
(2-2) gave up four runs in six innings to lose for the second time this season to his former team.
had a career-high tying three hits, including his first home run of the season, and Huff had three hits for the