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Benches Clear And Pirates Hit Six Homers In Win Over Phillies

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A shouting match between coaches cleared the benches in a rare testy spring training game, and Pedro Alvarez homered twice, including a grand slam, as the Pittsburgh Pirates teed off on the Philadelphia Phillies for an 18-4 victory Monday.

Josh Harrison, Starling Marte, Tony Sanchez and Pedro Florimon also connected for the Pirates, who hit six home runs. Alvarez went 2 for 4 with three runs and six RBIs.

Both teams rushed onto the field before the bottom of the fifth inning when Phillies first base coach Juan Samuel and Pirates third base coach Rick Sofield began yelling at each other. Samuel and Sofield were ejected.

Their disagreement stemmed from the fourth inning, when Phillies reliever Kevin Slowey quick-pitched Sean Rodriguez. As players ran onto the field during the altercation, Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli wrestled Rodriguez away from the scrum.

Slowey stayed in the game and gave up four runs in the fifth.

In the sixth inning, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was ejected by home plate umpire Chad Fairchild for arguing a called strike to Andrew Lambo.

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