Baltimore Sun

AROUND THE HORN Diamondbac­ks:


Pavin Smith hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning, and the Diamondbac­ks beat the Marlins 8-7 on Wednesday in Miami after left-hander Madison Bumgarner was ejected. Bumgarner gave up a leadoff homer to Jon Berti in the first, and then retired the next three batters. As he was walking to the dugout, the pitcher gestured with his arm before holding his hand out for a foreign-substance check by first base umpire Dan Bellino. Bumgarner said something to Bellino as the check was ending, and the umpire threw him out. Bumgarner then started yelling at Bellino and had to be restrained by some coaches. “You guys have seen the video,” Bumgarner said. “I don’t know if I could say anything that would make the situation better. What I am going to say is I’m extremely proud of our team, coming back. Obviously, I didn’t go into the game with the intention of throwing one inning. Everyone picked me up today.” Bellino told a pool reporter that Bumgarner was ejected for directing profanity at an umpire. Video of the foreign-substance check showed Bellino staring at Bumgarner while he repeatedly patted his hand, but Bellino said he didn’t think that was a factor in the ejection. “I wouldn’t say he took exception to it. It was just a hand check,” Bellino said. It was Bumgarner’s second career ejection. He also was thrown out on June 11, 2018, for arguing balls and strikes. The Marlins scored two runs in the seventh and eighth to take a 7-6 lead. But the Diamondbac­ks rallied in the ninth, completing a three-game series sweep. Daulton Varsho hit a one-out single against Anthony Bender (0-3) before Smith connected for his third homer of the season.

Padres: Mike Clevinger had an impressive first start since having Tommy John surgery in 2020, and Manny Machado hit a two-run HR as the Padres edged the host Guardians 5-4 in the first game of a doublehead­er. The nightcap ended too late for this edition. Machado connected in the third off Zach Plesac (1-3), and Austin Nola delivered a go-ahead RBI double in the sixth as the Padres won for the sixth time in seven games — all on the road. Steven Wilson (3-0) got the win despite walking two in the fifth, and Taylor Rodgers pitched the ninth for his 10th save. It was a joyous return for Clevinger, who had surgery not long after pitching in Game 1 of the NLDS two years ago — just months after being traded from the Guardians to the Padres. Facing his former team and Plesac, one of his closest friends, the right-hander allowed three runs and four hits. Clevinger was just an out away from potentiall­y getting a win before being pulled after 95 pitches by manager Bob Melvin.

Astros: Justin Verlander turned in another solid start and Alex Bregman had three hits and three RBIs and the Astros completed a three-game sweep of the visiting Mariners with a 7-2 win. The 39-year-old Verlander allowed five hits and two runs in 6 innings for the win. He’s 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA in five starts this season in his return from Tommy John surgery. Michael Brantley two RBIs as the Astros continued to roll with their first sweep this season, a day after helping Dusty Baker become the 12th manager in MLB history and the first Black man to reach 2,000 wins.

Mets: Reliever Trevor May will be out about four weeks with a stress reaction on the lower portion of his right humerus that has caused the triceps inflammati­on. May said Monday that he’s been pitching through an injury.

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