WASHINGTON — Kurt Suzuki hit a three-run homer and Adam LaRoche hit his seventh homer in his past six games as the Nationals beat the Cubs 9-2 Thursday in game that featured the ejection of three players and one coach.
Cubs bench coach Jamie Quirk and Nationals third-base coach Bo Porter had a testy exchange in the fifth. The benches and bullpens emptied, but there was no pushing. Quirk was ejected.
In the sixth, Chicago reliever Lendy Castillo threw his first pitch near Bryce Harper's legs. Harper made a move toward the mound and was intercepted by catcher Steve Clevenger. Both teams spilled out again.
Clevenger took a swipe at shortstop Ian Desmond, who accidentally knocked down the first-base umpire backing away. Clevenger, Cubs righty Manuel Corpas and Nats lefty Michael Gonzalez were ejected.