Reds' Amir Garrett rushes Pirates dugout after tensions rise in Cincinnati


The Pirates’ Kyle Crick and Reds’ Eugenio Suarez and Amir Garrett brawl during the ninth inning Tuesday

Yasiel Puig #66 of the Cincinnati Reds is restrained by Matt Kemp #27 after benches clear in the fourth inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on April 7, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Tension began in the bottom of the seventh with two outs when Pirates reliever Keone Kela threw a first-pitch 97 miles per hour fastball up and in to Derek Dietrich. Garrett relieved and, during the inning, traded words with Pirates starter Trevor Williams, who was in the dugout.

In the bottom of the eighth, Bell was ejected for arguing over a controversial strike call made by Vanover.

Then before the fight, Jared Hughes was ejected for hitting Starling Marte, as was Freddie Benavides. You may recall the Pirates' beef dates back to April, when Dietrich admired a home run he hit against them. Bell yelled at Hurdle as he left the field. He later helped restrain Puig, who reignited the melee with more shouting and shoving.

Garrett and Puig were ejected for the Reds, while pitchers Chris Archer and Kyle Creek, and catcher Francisco Cervelli were tossed for Pittsburgh.

These two teams do have a history, but Tuesday, the Pirates threw at the head of Derek Dietrich, who the team had been annoyed with in recent games. On Tuesday, Pittsburgh returned the favor on an 11-4 victory.

Josh Bell doubled home a pair of runs in the first inning, giving him an NL-leading 88 RBIs. Corey Dickerson led the way on two homers with five RBI.

Agrazal was cruising along nicely with four straight quality starts, but stumbled a bit in his first loss of the year his last time up, with five earned in 5.1 innings against the Mets. Rojas started serving the penalty Tuesday.

Reds: Reliever David Hernandez will be activated before the final game of the series on Wednesday. He's been on the injured list with shoulder fatigue.

Pirates: Dario Agrazal (2-1) makes his seventh start since his major league debut June 15.

That was the case on Tuesday night when the two teams engaged in one of the biggest brawls of the Major League Baseball season.

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