A volatile series finally turned violent when Adam Kennedy charged the mound after being hit by a pitch from Texas' Scott Feldman, triggering a bench-clearing brawl in the Rangers' 9-3 victory over the Angels.
The melee came a night after Rangers starter Vicente Padilla was ejected for hitting two Angels with pitches and nearly plunking a third.
And Kennedy was hit an inning after the Angels had two pitchers and manager Mike Scioscia ejected because two Rangers' hitters were nailed.
Feldman threw his glove down as Kennedy charged the mound and Feldman hit Kennedy in the armpit with a punch.
Rangers third baseman Mark DeRosa sprinted toward the mound and tackled Kennedy as both benches and bullpens emptied. Angels right-hander John Lackey ran from the dugout and had to be restrained from going after Texas players.
The umpires restored order about four minutes later.
Kennedy said he was left with no choice but to go after Feldman.
"All the points had been made," Kennedy said. "You have a choice to go or not go and I decided to go. You wish it didn't have to happen that way. It's unfortunate because there'll be fines and suspensions."
Rangers manager Buck Showalter was tossed out for a second straight game. Kennedy and Feldman were also ejected.
Feldman claimed the pitch got away from him.
"With the situation that occurred earlier, I can see why I got tossed for that," Feldman said. "I was just trying to go inside. ...I wasn't shocked. I looked up and (Kennedy) was coming at me."
In the bottom of the eighth, Angels reliever Kevin Gregg threw well behind Ian Kinsler, and plate umpire Sam Holbrook warned both dugouts. Gregg and Scioscia were ejected when the next batter, Michael Young, was hit in the back with a pitch.
Gregg, working his fifth inning of the night, said he did not mean to hit Young.
"I was 90 pitches deep on a bum knee," Gregg said. "I was amped up and I just threw one that got awaay from me."
"There was no intent," said Scioscia, who closed the clubhouse for 25 minutes after the game to calm his team and get his players refocused on the AL West race.
"Baseball is baseball," Donnelly said. "Things have a way of working themselves out."
Young figured the brawl would result in multiple suspensions.
"I hope they go easy on us," Young said. "But I doubt they will."
Eaton (3-2) was back on the mound Wednesday night, but didn't come close to hitting anyone, during seven strong innings.
Rookie Nelson Cruz hit his first grand slam in an eight-run third inning for the Rangers to back Eaton.
Cruz, acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers along with Carlos Lee in a six-player trade on July 28, hit the Rangers' eighth grand slam of the season off Gregg. Cruz's long fly just cleared the left-field wall and stretched the lead to 9-0.
"I was real excited to help the team win," Cruz said. "I was glad I got the opportunity. This should get me confident."
Kinsler also homered in the third for the Rangers, who've won six of seven.
Angels rookie left-hander Joe Saunders (4-1) was beaten for the first time in his seventh major league start. He had won all four of his starts this season with a 1.67 ERA since being called up from Triple-A Salt Lake on Aug. 1.
He allowed eight runs and five hits in 2 2-3 innings against Texas. He walked five and struck out one.
Eaton (3-2) allowed two runs and four hits in his fifth start since returning from a torn tendon in his right middle finger that landed him on the disabled list on April 1. He struck out five and walked two on a 101-degree night.
Angels 2B Adam Kennedy gets plunked in the ninth inning and charges the mound ... (AP)
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Chone Figgins, CF||3||2||1||0||1||0||0||.264|
|Maicer Izturis, 3B||4||1||2||3||0||0||0||.308|
|Orlando Cabrera, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.281|
|Vladimir Guerrero, DH||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.317|
|Garret Anderson, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.270|
|Juan Rivera, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.301|
|Howie Kendrick, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.328|
|Adam Kennedy, 2B-DH||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.259|
|Reggie Willits, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.235|
|Jose Molina, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.257|
|Kevin Gregg, P-DH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brendan Donnelly, P-DH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|2B - Chone Figgins (16, Wilson)|
|HR - Maicer Izturis (4, Eaton)|
|RBI - Maicer Izturis 3 (30)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Izturis-Kendrick-Cabrera|
|E - Orlando Cabrera (12, ), Kevin Gregg (2, )|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Joe Saunders (L,4-1)||2.2||5||8||7||5||1||1||3.64|
|HBP - Young (by Kevin Gregg), Guzman (by Brendan Donnelly)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 70-38, Kevin Gregg 91-64, Brendan Donnelly 4-1, J.C. Romero 5-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 4-2, Kevin Gregg 6-6|
|Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 17, Kevin Gregg 21, Brendan Donnelly 1, J.C. Romero 1|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||4||2||3||2||1||0||0||.308|
|Michael Young, SS||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.309|
|Carlos Lee, LF||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.294|
|Freddy Guzman, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.286|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||4||0||0||0||1||2||5||.284|
|Mark DeRosa, 3B||3||1||1||1||1||0||0||.332|
|Gerald Laird, C||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.338|
|Hank Blalock, DH||4||1||0||0||0||0||4||.287|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., CF-LF||3||1||0||1||1||0||1||.207|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||4||2||2||4||0||2||1||.200|
|Scott Feldman, P-DH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|2B - Ian Kinsler (19, Gregg)|
|HR - Ian Kinsler (9, Saunders), Nelson Cruz (2, Gregg)|
|RBI - Ian Kinsler 2 (39), Mark DeRosa (62), Jerry Hairston Jr. (10), Nelson Cruz 4 (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jerry Hairston Jr. (7), Nelson Cruz 4 (4)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Young-Kinsler-Teixeira|
|Adam Eaton (W,3-2)||7||4||2||2||2||5||1||3.86|
|HBP - Kennedy (by Scott Feldman)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Adam Eaton 101-70, C.J. Wilson 17-12, Scott Feldman 8-5, Rick Bauer 5-2|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Eaton 6-10, C.J. Wilson 2-0, Scott Feldman 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Adam Eaton 27, C.J. Wilson 5, Scott Feldman 3, Rick Bauer 1|
|Attendance - 31723|
|Game Time - 2:51|
|Temperature - 101|
|Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Randy Marsh, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt|