DENVER — Corey Dickerson hit Atlanta catcher Gerald Laird with his backswing and tempers quickly flared, setting off a tense sequence and leading to several ejections Thursday as the Colorado Rockies beat the Braves 10-3.
The Rockies led 8-3 in the eighth inning when Dickerson knocked off Laird’s facemask with his swing.
“It was on a two-strike slider on a backswing that I hit Laird, but it was an accident and I think they know that,” Dickerson said.
Laird was down for several minutes before walking off and being replaced by Evan Gattis. With his next pitch, Atlanta reliever David Carpenter hit Dickerson in the thigh and was ejected.
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Rockies manager Walt Weiss bolted from the dugout and began yelling at Carpenter, as well as in the general direction of Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.
“He’s OK,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Laird. “They did all the concussion tests and the doctor cleared him to fly back with us. I’m sure he’s going to be a little sore. Dickerson’s backswing got him more on the jaw than on the head. I think we dodged a bullet there.”
Weiss was held back by plate umpire Jordan Baker before being ejected. When he returned to the dugout, Weiss smashed a bat against the wall.
“If you think a guy can foul a ball off and then at the same time hit the catcher on the backswing on purpose, you got no clue,” Weiss said. “They made their decision. They made a bad choice.”
In the ninth, Rockies reliever Nick Masset hit Gattis in the hip with a pitch. Both Masset and Rockies bench coach Tom Runnells were immediately tossed.
• Max Scherzer already has a Cy Young Award. Now he has a complete game. Scherzer tossed a three-hitter in his 179th career start for his first complete game and Victor Martinez hit his 16th homer to lead the Detroit Tigers a 4-0 win over the Chicago White Sox.
“It’s awesome,” said Scherzer, who threw 113 pitches. “I finally got the monkey off my back.
“I was finally able to go nine and finish the deal, so it’s a good feeling.”
Scherzer (8-2) was back in his 2013 Cy Young form, striking out eight and walking three while outdueling Chicago starter Chris Sale (5-1). Only three times did the White Sox have men in scoring position.