Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Rick Porcello delivers a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning. ASSOCIATED PRESS
BALTIMORE — Rick Porcello won his fifth straight start, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-1 Monday night in a duel between AL division leaders that included by a bench-clearing fray.
After Ian Kinsler’s two-run homer in the eighth made it 4-1, Orioles starter Bud Norris hit Torii Hunter in the ribcage with a pitch. Hunter yelled at Norris, and as he made his way toward first base, the Tigers outfielder moved slightly in the direction of the mound.
That caused both dugouts to empty, and relievers from both bullpens charged toward the infield. Order was quickly restored before anyone blatantly shoved each other, and no punches were thrown.
Norris (2-3) was ultimately ejected by plate umpire James Hoye. As the right-hander made his way toward the Baltimore dugout, he shouted once more at Hunter, who yelled back.
Joe Nathan got his eighth save, preserving the win for Porcello (6-1).