Manny Machado rebukes Fernando Tatis Jr. in dugout in the middle of the Padres game against Cardinals


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Manny Machado rebukes Fernando Tatis Jr. in dugout in the middle of the Padres game against Cardinals

SAN LUIS – Manny Machado berated fellow countryman Fernando Tatis Jr in the San Diego Padres dugout during Saturday’s crucial game, a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Machado shouted reproaches against fellow Dominican Tatis Jr. inside the cave, in the fifth inning.

“It’s not about you,” he said. “Go ahead and play baseball!”

A moment earlier, Tatis Jr. had struck out without throwing him and was disgusted with the scoring of plate umpire Phil Cuzzi. Manager Jayce Tingler was ejected when he left the dugout to protest.

Machado, 29, and Tatis Jr., 22, were separated by their teammates after the altercation.

Tatis Jr. went 4-1 and Machado 4-2 with a run scored.

Tyler O’Neill hit a two-run home run that marked the Cardinals’ final 3-2 lead in the eighth.

St. Louis placed two and a half games ahead of the Padres themselves, in the fight for the second and final wild-card spot to the National League playoffs. The Cincinnati Reds are two games behind and the Philadelphia Phillies is also involved in the bidding.

Starter Yu Darvish dominated the Cardinals for seven innings, allowing three hits and striking out nine. He inherited a 2-0 bullpen lead, but reliever Emilio Pagán (4-2) was wrecked in the eighth.

Tommy Edman pushed Harrison Bader on a sacrifice fly to make it 2-1. O’Neill then hit his 28th home run of the season.

The Mexican Giovanny Gallegos perfectly solved the ninth inning, to reach nine saves.

The victory went to Justin Miller (1-0).


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