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Starting pitcher, two Giants coaches tossed in first; five in all

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DENVER -- Rockies reliever Ray King wasn't only angry about his ejection, but the four others that marred the Colorado Rockies' victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Giants starter Matt Morris was thrown out by home plate umpire Travis Reininger, a Triple-A reserve, in the first inning Sunday of Colorado's 3-2 win in 10 innings -- and that was just the beginning of the early exits.

"With the ejections early, the umpires lost control of the game and it changed the game," King said.

Crew chief Derryl Cousins defended Reininger, saying the umpires weren't going to let things get out of hand a day after Jose Mesa renewed his long-running feud with Omar Vizquel by plunking the shortstop with a pitch.

The game featured four hit batters and five ejections, including both managers.

"No brawl. No fight. Kind of a strange," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "I never saw anything like that before."

Morris was tossed after plunking Eli Marrero in the first. He had been warned by Reininger after he struck Matt Holliday two batters earlier. Alou drew an automatic ejection and San Francisco pitching coach Dave Righetti was tossed for throwing his pitch counter onto the field and yelling at Reininger.

Rockies starter Jeff Francis hit Steve Finley with a pitch in the sixth but stayed in the game, much to the chagrin of Giants coach Ron Wotus, who had taken over for Alou. In the eighth, Rockies manager Clint Hurdle and King were ejected after the left-hander hit Vizquel with a pitch, putting runners at the corners with one out and the Rockies clinging to a 2-1 lead.

Mesa and Vizquel played together in Cleveland from 1992-98, but their friendship ended when Vizquel criticized Mesa in his 2002 autobiography for blowing the save in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series against Florida, and Mesa vowed never to forget the criticism.

Alou said it's a shame these two teams are paying for the Mesa-Vizquel feud.

"Whoever is in charge of stopping it better stop it and stop it soon, because we play 15 more games," Alou said.

King said it was obvious Holliday was hit on purpose, but not so for Marrero.

"They shouldn't have thrown Morris out right there. He hits him with a breaking ball, and he hit a guy earlier in the inning. It's a we-hit-their-guy, they-hit-our-guy and it's over with. It was over with, and the umps took away from the game and lost control when they threw out Morris," King said.

"When Francis hit Finley, the Giants wanted him out. Then when I hit Vizquel, it's a 2-1 count, I've got to pitch in and get a groundball to this side of the infield. They blew it."

Morris concurred, saying deliberately hitting a second batter "doesn't make any sense. With the pounding our bullpen has taken, after a warning, why would I want out of that game?"

Cousins said he felt the pitch that hit Marrero was intentional -- "It was a fastball behind the guy" -- and the umpires figured they had to do something after a second batter was struck.

"It was the same thing with King getting run," Cousins said. "We can't just stand out there and let them throw at each other all day long."

The Rockies improved to 3-0 in extra inning games this year -- all at Coors Field -- and handed the Giants their first series loss of the season when Miguel Ojeda hit an RBI single off Jeff Fassero with two outs in the 10th.

Marrero, who homered in the fifth, drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. After Choo Freeman grounded out to short, Fassero thought he got Ojeda looking at strike three and began trotting off the mound.

"I thought the guy was out," said Alou, who was watching on a clubhouse television. "Saw a strike on the corner that was not ruled a strike."

Fassero composed himself behind the mound, then threw a 2-2 fastball that Ojeda hit up the middle, and Marrero scored from second, just beating Finley's throw home.

"You always want to be 'The Guy,'" Ojeda said. "You work hard and as a backup. That's a great thing being able to help the team win."

David Cortes (3-0) pitched a scoreless 10th for the win.

The Rockies weren't only celebrating their win afterward but also the news that slugger Todd Helton was improving, although the stomach ailment that landed him in the hospital and on the disabled list Friday remained a mystery 48 hours later.

Helton is expected to be released from Rose Medical Center on Monday after another battery of tests. Team trainer Keith Dugger said doctors "haven't officially eliminated anything," but reiterated that Helton's condition wasn't considered life-threatening.

Notes

  • The Giants purchased the contract of RHP Brian Wilson from Triple-A Fresno before the game and he threw two scoreless innings in his major league debut.
  • Giants 2B Ray Durham strained a hamstring in the sixth and is day-to-day.
 
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Felipe Alou voices his displeasure in the first, resulting in an ejection. He is one of five tossed.  (AP)
Felipe Alou voices his displeasure in the first, resulting in an ejection. He is one of five tossed. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

E. Marrero
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Colorado

J. Francis
IP 6.2
H 4
ER 1
BB 1
K 4
 
San Francisco Giants
Randy Winn, LF5000020 .313
Steve Finley, CF4120000 .275
Ray Durham, 2B3020010 .206
    Omar Vizquel, PR-SS1010000 .390
Moises Alou, RF4001102 .294
Pedro Feliz, 3B4000013 .183
Lance Niekro, 1B4110010 .250
Mike Matheny, C4011001 .212
Jose Vizcaino, SS-2B4010001 .133
Matt Morris, P-DH0000000 .125
    Kevin Correia, P2000010 .000
   a- Jason Ellison, PH1000001 .000
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
   b- Barry Bonds, PH1000011 .229
    Jeff Fassero, P0000000 .250
Totals37282179 
a-popped out for Correia in the 7th
b-struck out for Wilson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Mike Matheny (2, Francis)
3B - Steve Finley (3, King), Lance Niekro (1, Francis)
RBI - Moises Alou (12), Mike Matheny (3)
SB - Steve Finley (3, 2nd base off Francis/Ardoin)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Matt Morris (1, Wild throw, wild throw), Jose Vizcaino (1, Wild throw, wild throw)
San Francisco Giants
Matt Morris 0.2110000 4.87
Kevin Correia 5.1211441 4.15
Brian Wilson 2200030 0.00
Jeff Fassero (L,1-1) 1.2311100 7.20
HBP - Holliday (by Matt Morris), Marrero (by Matt Morris)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Morris 8-4, Kevin Correia 88-53, Brian Wilson 22-19, Jeff Fassero 31-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Morris 2-0, Kevin Correia 6-6, Brian Wilson 2-1, Jeff Fassero 4-1
Batters Faced - Matt Morris 5, Kevin Correia 22, Brian Wilson 8, Jeff Fassero 9
Colorado Rockies
Jamey Carroll, 3B4110111 .292
Clint Barmes, SS3000101 .257
Matt Holliday, LF4010013 .268
Brad Hawpe, RF4000112 .338
    David Cortes, P0000000 .000
Eli Marrero, 1B3211111 .292
Luis Gonzalez, 2B4020002 .256
Choo Freeman, CF5010003 .250
Danny Ardoin, C3000022 .195
   a- Jason Smith, PH1000012 .342
    Miguel Ojeda, C1011000 .308
Jeff Francis, P2000100 .143
    Ramon Ramirez, P00000001.000
    Ray King, P-DH0000000 .000
    Jose Mesa, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Spilborghs, PH-RF1010000 .500
Totals353825717 
a-struck out for Ardoin in the 8th
b-singled for Mesa in the 9th
Batting
2B - Luis Gonzalez (3, Correia)
HR - Eli Marrero (3, Correia)
SH - Clint Barmes (2), Luis Gonzalez (2)
RBI - Eli Marrero (6), Miguel Ojeda (7)
2-OUT RBI - Eli Marrero (1), Miguel Ojeda (2)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Carroll-Marrero, Barmes-Marrero
E - Luis Gonzalez (2, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Jeff Francis 6.2411140 5.16
Ramon Ramirez (H,1) 0.1000000 0.00
Ray King (H,4) 0.1111000 3.86
Jose Mesa (BS,2) 1.2100020 0.87
David Cortes (W,3-0) 1200010 0.00
HBP - Finley (by Jeff Francis), Vizquel (by Ray King)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 98-61, Ramon Ramirez 5-2, Ray King 7-4, Jose Mesa 21-15, David Cortes 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 10-6, Ray King 1-0, Jose Mesa 1-2, David Cortes 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 26, Ramon Ramirez 1, Ray King 3, Jose Mesa 6, David Cortes 4
Game Information
Attendance - 30310
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Travis Reininger, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Jeff Nelson