CHICAGO (AP) — A benches-clearing fight led to five ejections several innings before Eric Hosmer hit the go-ahead double in the 13th to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night.
With two outs, Hosmer’s hit off Chicago’s Jake Petricka (0-1) brought in Jarrod Dyson. Wade Davis then pitched a scoreless 13th for his fourth save, giving Franklin Morales (2-0) the victory.
Kansas City won for the fourth time in five games in a game in which tempers flared.
“It’s a shame it keeps happening, I don’t what it is, but we gotta find a way to just go out there and keep playing the game,” Hosmer said during an interview with FOX Sports Kansas City. “We’re emotional, but I think we’re letting emotions get the best of us right now. We just need to figure it out and get back to playing baseball.”
Yordano Ventura snagged a grounder from Chicago outfielder Adam Eaton and they appeared to exchange words before Ventura threw to first to end the seventh inning. Eaton was restrained from Ventura. In his postgame interview, Ventura was contrite.
“It wasn’t his intention. Maybe he (Eaton) interpreted it was the way he fielded the ball, but it was a hard comebacker that kind of put him (Ventura) off balance,” Ventura stated through translator Jeremy Guthrie. “When Eaton said something to him, he responded back clearly emotional. He wishes it wouldn’t have happened like that, and feels if it wasn’t the yelling between the two parties, it likely would have resulted much more favorably and not like it did.”
Players from both dugouts and bullpens ran onto the field and punches were thrown during a fight that lasted a couple of minutes. White Sox manager Robin Ventura was at a loss for what caused the fracas.
“I think for us, once you get out there when somebody starts saying something, guys are emotional. I couldn’t even tell you what happened, there was people everywhere,” Robin Ventura said.
The Chicago manager flatly denied there was carryover from the opening series when the Royals swept the White Sox, and also had four batters hit by White Sox pitchers in the series.
Hosmer said the team will address the recent dust ups.
“We’ll meet as a group, we’ll go over it, we’ll talk about it and make sure it doesn’t happen like that again,” Hosmer said.