The benches emptied in the sixth inning of the Astros' 15–1 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night, after Astros outfielder Carlos Gomez took exception to something yelled at him from the New York dugout.
Gomez had just flied out to center, tossing his bat while yelling at himself as he ran up the first base line. Yankees players scolded him from their bench. The Houston centerfielder responded, telling reporters after the game he wanted clarification from his opponents on why they were upset, according to ESPN.
“I did not understand very well what people were yelling at me,” Gomez said, according to ESPN. “I just asked, 'Why are you yelling at me?' And then someone came out of the dugout and started screaming, and I said, 'Shut up, shut up; if you want to tell me something, come here and say what you have to say.'”
Yankees manager Joe Girardi responded by telling Gomez to “play the game the right way,” as the Astros had a nine-run lead.
As Gomez headed back towards the dugout he yelled “shut up” three more times, causing both benches to clear.
Gomez hit a three-run home run in the following inning.