The benches cleared after Oakland's 7-2 victory over the Astros on Sunday, unleashing tempers between the American League West rivals months after Houston's sign-stealing scandal was brought to light by Oakland pitcher Mike Fiers.
Oakland's Ramon Laureano got hit by a pitch - for the third time in the three-game series and second time that game - this one by Humberto Castellanos with one out in the seventh. Laureano began exchanging words with animated Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron, then left first base, threw down his batting helmet and began sprinting toward him in Houston's dugout.
Astros catcher Dustin Garneau tackled Laureano before the A's outfielder reached Cintron, and a wild scene ensued.
Players rushed out of both dugouts to join the fray. A's and Astros players who were sitting in the seats, observing COVID-19 social-distancing protocols, also rushed onto the field.
Oakland's Ramon Laureano got hit by a pitch -- for the third time in the three-game series -- this one by Humberto Castellanos (pictured) with one out in the seventh
Laureano is pictured getting hit by Castellano's pitch
Catcher Martin Maldonado of the Houston Astros steps in front of Ramon Laureano of the Oakland Athletics pointing at pitcher Humberto Castellanos (not pictured) after Castelllanos hit Laureano with a pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning
Laureano is pictured charging the Houston Astros dugout after being hit by the pitch
Laureano is restrained by Houston Astro's Dustin Garneau after Laureano charged the dugout
Players and coaches from both sides are pictured clashing during a bench-clearing brawl
Laureano was ejected by plate ump Ted Barrett, and the umpiring crew could easily be heard yelling at the players to 'get back to the dugout!' through a ballpark with no fans, in footage of reposted by sports journalist
Both the Astros and Athletics benches clear after Laureano was hit by a pitch pic.twitter.com/vu9oJORSdk— Dillard Barnhart (@BarnHasSpoken) August 9, 2020
Oakland batters were hit five times during the series, while no Houston hitters were plunked.
A's catcher Austin Allen was also ejected and Astros manager Dusty Baker was tossed a half inning earlier. Houston lost its fifth in a row overall.
Ex-Astros player Fiers didn't pitch this series after going public in November about Houston's detailed sign-stealing