Manager Aaron Boone, Brett Gardner and the New York Yankees again hammered away at the umpires, this time in prolonged rants that brought several members of the team spilling onto the field, while beating the Cleveland Indians 6-5 Saturday.
Gleyber Torres hit two home runs and Didi Gregorius and DJ LeMahieu also connected for New York.
But what really fired up the crowd of 47,347 at Yankee Stadium occurred in the sixth inning after Cameron Maybin was called out on strikes by Triple-A ump Ben May.
For the third time in a month, each with a minor-league call-up umpire behind the plate, the team with the best record in American League lost its temper. Boone, Gardner and pitcher CC Sabathia were tossed.
It also prompted Boone to accuse the umpires of picking on the Yankees.
“I think it escalated because (the umpires) came looking for it,” he said. “Think they were looking for us. It felt like a little bit.”
Last Friday, Gardner was ejected after a rant in Toronto. And on July 18, Boone screamed and hollered at a rookie umpire, leading to the expletive-filled rant where the manager called his hitters “savages” in the batter’s box.
Boone said this latest incident could lead to a discussion with MLB about recent behavior.
“It is our job to play under control,” he said.
Braves 4, Dodgers 3: In Atlanta, Josh Donaldson and Adam Duvall hit consecutive homers off Hyun-Jin Ryu in the sixth inning, the faulty Atlanta bullpen redeemed itself for a change, and the Braves beat Los Angeles.
Cubs 2, Pirates 0: Kris Bryant homered in the seventh inning, and visiting Chicago got out of three bases-loaded jams to snap a four-game skid.
Rays 1, Tigers 0: Mike Brosseau’s pinch-hit RBI single in the 13th inning drove in Eric Sogard for host Tampa Bay.
Mariners 4, Blue Jays 3: Kyle Seager hit a tie-breaking homer in the eighth and Austin Nola also went deep for visiting Seattle.
Reds 6, Cardinals 1: Red-hot rookie Aristides Aquino had a three-run homer, Nick Senzel added a leadoff shot and host Cincinnati dropped St. Louis back into a tie with Chicago for first place in the NL Central.
Padres 5, Phillies 3: Dinelson Lamet pitched six solid innings, Ty France hit a tie-breaking single and visiting San Diego cooled off Philadelphia. The Phillies lost for the first time since former manager Charlie Manuel returned as hitting coach Tuesday.
Red Sox 4, Orioles 0: Eduardo Rodriguez pitched 7 ⅓ stellar innings, red-hot Rafael Devers belted a two-run homer and host Boston won its fourth straight game.
Mets 4, Royals 1: Jacob deGrom pitched seven sharp innings and Pete Alonso put visiting New York ahead with a two-run single with two outs in the seventh inning.
Twins 12, Rangers 7: Marwin Gonzalez doubled in two runs and C.J. Cron homered for two more as visiting Minnesota hung a six-spot on Texas in the first inning. Danny Santana had two home runs and four RBIs for Texas.
Rockies 11, Marlins 4: Ryan McMahon continued his power surge with two home runs to help host Colorado beat Miami for its first three-game winning streak in two months.
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