Benches clear in Rangers-Astros game

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Napoli started walking toward the mound and yelling at McCullers. Home plate umpire Gerry Davis tried to head off Napoli and other crew members tried to keep the teams from rushing onto the field.

They did not succeed and tempers flared among a number of players in a tussle in front of the pitcher’s mound. Carlos Gomez and Shin-Soo Choo appeared especially animated on the Rangers side. McCullers was barking right back at Napoli and his catcher Brian McCann was also irate about the situation.

There was some pushing and shouting, but nothing seriously physical. Nobody was ejected and McCullers ended up striking out Napoli to end the inning.

The Astros may have been miffed about Rangers starter Andrew Cashner‘s lack of control. He hit Jose Altuve in the first and Yuli Gurriel in the second, although neither incident appeared particularly egregious.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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