Benches Clear in Brewers-Rays After Abner Uribe, Jose Siri Exchange Punches

The incident seemed to stem from two earlier events in the same game.
Tempers flared during the eighth inning of the Milwaukee Brewers' 8-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
Tempers flared during the eighth inning of the Milwaukee Brewers' 8-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. / Bally Sports Wisconsin

Things quickly became heated on the field Tuesday night in the eighth inning of the Milwaukee Brewers' 8–2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

To lead off the eighth, Rays outfielder Jose Siri grounded out to first base. While Siri jogged to first, Brewers reliever Abner Uribe appeared to have some words for the 28-year-old. Siri chirped back.

Despite umpire Phil Cuzzi's best efforts to separate the two players, Uribe and Siri exchanged blows, with Uribe throwing the first punch over Cuzzi’s shoulder to connect with Siri’s helmet. Both the Brewers and Rays benches cleared, and chaos ensued from there.

When the dust had settled, Siri and Uribe both were ejected. Hoby Milner took over on the mound for Uribe, and the Brewers cruised to finish off their 8–2 win.

Tensions between Siri and the Brewers began earlier in the game. After Siri crushed a solo homer in the third inning, Milwaukee starting pitcher Freddy Peralta hit him with a 95.2-mph fastball in his next at-bat in the sixth. Home plate umpire Chris Guccione ejected Peralta and Brewers manager Pat Murphy after that play.

MLB likely will hand out suspensions for Uribe and Siri, among others, on Wednesday. The Brewers and Rays will wrap up their three-game series Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. ET.


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