Rockies’ Nolan Arenado charges mound after Padres pitcher throws ball behind him

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DENVER — Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado charged the mound after a fastball from San Diego Padres pitcher Luis Perdomo sailed behind him, setting off a brawl that resulted in several ejections at Coors Field on Wednesday afternoon.

The fight happened after the first pitch in the third inning. Arenado leaned out of the way to avoid the ball hitting him in the back and immediately took off for the mound.

Perdomo threw a glove at Arenado, but it sailed over the Gold Glove third baseman’s head.

Arenado then threw a punch that missed Perdomo, leading to a massive brawl on the field near third base.

The benches cleared and relievers ran in from the bullpen.

Arenado yelled at Padres catcher A.J. Ellis near the San Diego dugout and had to be held back, with Padres bench coach Mark McGwire helping keep them separated.

Just when the melee seemed to be winding down, Rockies starter German Marquez appeared to toss a towel toward the Padres, and Rockies outfielder Gerardo Parra appeared to throw a punch .

That briefly heated things back up.

Arenado, Marquez and Parra were ejected for their roles in the brawl. Perdomo and Ellis were thrown out for the Padres.

Ian Desmond pinch-hit for Arenado after he was ejected.

The night before, Rockies reliever Scott Oberg hit San Diego center fielder Manuel Margot in the ribs.

Margot was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday. Before the game, Rockies manager Bud Black said Oberg had reached out to Margot to explain his side.

The feud carried over to the series finale, when Rockies shortstop Trevor Story was hit in the first inning by Perdomo and Padres right fielder Hunter Renfroe was plunked by Marquez in the second.

The fight seemed to fire up the Rockies, who scored five runs in the inning to take a 5-0 lead. The Rockies have been struggling on offense this season.

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