It was not the usual placid exhibition game.
Instead, Saturday's Toronto-New York Mets game at Dunedin, Fla., was punctuated by three bench-clearing incidents, resulting in ejections of Darryl Strawberry of the Mets and Kelly Gruber and Jeff Musselman of the Blue Jays.The Blue Jays won the game 7-5 on Rob Ducey's three-run homer with two out in the bottom of the ninth off Mets relief ace Randy Myers.
The chain of bench-clearing events began in the fourth inning when Mets starter Ron Darling hit Jesse Barfield in the back with a pitch. Barfield, who had hit a solo homer in the second, began walking toward Darling before being restrained.
Players from both benches and bullpens emptied onto the infield, but no punches were thrown.
In the sixth, Musselman hit Strawberry in the back with a pitch. Strawberry rushed the mound, but Musselman evaded him.
Catcher Pat Borders caught Strawberry from behind and put a bear hug on him. Third baseman Gruber arrived about the same time and tackled Strawberry.
After Musselman was ejected and both benches had emptied, Strawberry reached third on two Blue Jays' errors. He then began exchanging words with Gruber.
Strawberry then made an attempt to get at Gruber, but was restrained by third base coach Sam Perlozzo. Both benches emptied again and the umpires ejected the two players.
Braves 10, Orioles 3
Jody Davis singled home two runs to cap a five-run sixth inning as Atlanta beat Baltimore 10-3.
Red Sox (ss) 4, Astros 3
Sam Horn's home run in the seventh off Dan Schatzeder broke a 3-3 tie and gave Boston a 4-3 victory over Houston.
Rangers 8, Red Sox 4 (ss)
Buddy Bell and Julio Franco had three hits apiece as Texas extended its longest preseason winning streak since 1981 to six games with an 8-4 victory over another Boston team.
The Rangers battered starter John Dopson for six runs and nine hits in four innings.
Dodgers 2, Expos 1
Mickey Hatcher's RBI single in the 11th inning gave Los Angeles a 2-1 victory over Montreal.
Los Angeles starter Ramon Martinez give up two hits in five scoreless innings.
The Dodgers other run came when Mariano Duncan led off the game with a single and Chris Gwynn doubled him home.
Yankees 7, White Sox 0
Andy Hawkins, Lee Guetterman and Hipolito Pena combined for a five-hitter as New York blanked Chicago 7-0.
Bob Geren hit a two-run homer and Kevin Maas doubled in two runs for the Yankees.
Hawkins was first Yankees' starter to go six innings this spring. He gave up four hits and a walk while striking out four.
Phillies 7, Tigers 6
Shortstop Luis Salazar's error in the top of the 10th inning allowed rookie Eric Bullock to score the winning run as Philadelphia beat Detroit 7-6.
Reds 5, Royals 3
Scotti Madison, Lenny Harris and Luis Quinones each drove in a run in the 11th inning as Cincinnati topped Kansas City 5-3. The three-hour, 27 minute game was the Royals' fourth extra-inning game of the week.
Cardinals 4, Twins 3
Tom Jones' sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning scored Tony Pena with the tie-breaking run as St. Louis beat Minnesota 4-3.
Brewers 5, Indians 3
Glenn Braggs had three hits and drove in a run as Milwaukee beat Cleveland. LaVel Freeman homered for the Brewers.
Cubs 11, Athletics 6
Rookie Phil Stephenson had three hits and four runs batted in to lead a 17-hit Chicago attack as the Cubs outlasted Oakland 11-6.
Giants 6, Padres 2
Don Robinson pitched six innings of five-hit ball and Kevin Mitchell had three hits and a pair of RBI as San Francisco beat San Diego 6-2.
Angels 7, Mariners 6
Devon White hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to lead California past Seattle 7-6.
Pirates 5, White Sox 0
At Sarasota, Fla., Mike Dunne became the first Pittsburgh pitcher to go six innings and Glenn Wilson cracked his fourth homer of the spring as the Pirates defeated Chicago.
Dunne, 2-0, scattered five hits and allowed one walk while striking out three.