Puig, 4 others ejected after benches clear in Pirates-Reds

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Cincinnati's Derek Dietrich admired a home run off Chris Archer in the second inning, and two innings later the Pittsburgh Pirates starter threw a 93 miles per hour fastball behind Dietrich's waist, setting off a brawl Sunday that led to the ejections of four players and Reds manager David Bell.

When the dust settled, Bell, Puig, Amir Garrett, the Pirates' Keone Kela and Felipe Vazquez were all ejected.

Pirates starter Chris Archer threw a 93 miles per hour fastball behind Reds first baseman Derek Dietrich's back to spark the incident.

That saw Archer throw behind Dietrich the next time the Reds player was at bat - aggressively pitching just wide of the evading batter's back - prompting the plate umpire to step in.

That exchange brought players from both teams flooding onto the pitch with former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Puig leading the charge.

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After the situation seemed to settle down, Puig charged toward Pirates pitcher Trevor Williams at home plate and had to be restrained, reigniting the incident.

Dietrich's 436-foot drive to right-center gave the Reds a 2-1 lead.

By this point, players from both dugouts were heading toward the field, before Puig took prominence, lunging towards the whole group of Pirates players, grabbing their coach Tom Prince in a headlock.

Archer was allowed to stay in the game and responded by strking Dietrich out.

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