The Atlanta Braves were already trailling in their 5-2 loss to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday, but things got dicey in the sixth inning when pitcher Jose Fernandez hit the first homer of his career and the benches cleared.
After Chris Johnson and Fernandez had words between innings, Fernandez started the sixth with a solo homer. After admiring the homer and flipping the bat, Fernandez spit on or around third base and got an earful from Brian McCann. Johnson entered the fray and benches and bullpens cleared.
No one was ejected or injured in the fracas, but both clubs were warned.
That was the second homer given up by Mike Minor, who also gave up a two-run shot to Giancarlo Stanton. Fernandez's home run capped Minors night at five runs (four earned) over six innings.
The only damage Fernandez incurred was a solo homer off the bat of Evan Gattis. Fernandez picked up a win in his final start of the season, allowing one run on five hits through seven innings.
The Braves' magic number remains at seven with the Washington Nationals beating the New York Mets on Tuesday.
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