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Video: Nolan Arenado leads bench-clearing brawl, Rockies beat Padres

By: Paul Klee
April 11, 2018 Updated: April 11, 2018 at 6:22 pm
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photo - Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado, front right, is restrained by Carlos Gonzalez, center, as Gerrardo Parra, left, keeps an eye on the San Diego Padres dugout after Arenado rushed the mound following getting hit by a pitch from Padres starting pitcher Luis Perdomo in the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado, front right, is restrained by Carlos Gonzalez, center, as Gerrardo Parra, left, keeps an eye on the San Diego Padres dugout after Arenado rushed the mound following getting hit by a pitch from Padres starting pitcher Luis Perdomo in the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) 

Maybe this will wake up the Colorado Rockies.

During the third inning of the final game of a heated NL West series, Rockies star third baseman Nolan Arenado and Padres starting pitcher Luis Perdomo were ejected. Perdomo hit Arenado with a pitch, and Arenado charged the mound. Both benches at Coors Field rushed onto the field.

Colorado's Gerardo Parra and German Marquez also were ejected, along with Padres catcher A.J. Ellis.

The Rockies, who are off to an uninspiring 5-7 start, promptly scored the first run of the game when Carlos Gonzalez singled home Ian Desmond. 

The final scorecard? Smart move by Arenado, a clubhouse leader who knew the sluggish Rox need some kind of spark. Foolish move by Marquez, the starting pitcher, who had allowed one hit and no runs through three sharp innings.

Colorado broke open the game after the melee, sending nine hitters to the plate with most of the damage off reliever Buddy Baumann when he took over for Perdomo.  Tony Wolters hit a bases-loaded, two-run single that center fielder Franchy Cordero misplayed to allow another run to score.

The Rockies won the game 6-4.

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