Benches empty; Rays Escobar and S-Rod, Red Sox's Gomes ejected
Rays SS Yunel Escobar and Red Sox OF Jonny Gomes were ejected following a seventh-inning benches clearing incident. Rays IN/OF Sean Rodriguez was also ejected.
Escobar, after doubling to extend the Rays lead to 8-3, took third uncontested, and then took exception to some comments from the Red Sox dugout, apparently from David Ross. Escobar grew more animated in his response, pointing repeatedly into the dugout, and broke away from 3B coach Tom Foley, who was restraining him.
The Sox then responded, Gomes leading the charge out of the dugout and shoving Escobar, as both benches emptied. There was some additional pushing and shoving as the umpires eventually got them separated. Rodriguez semed particularly vocal, which may have led to his ejection.