ATLANTA (AP) -Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly was ejected with two out in the first inning after hitting Atlanta shortstop Edgar Renteria with a pitch on Sunday night.
Renteria quickly retaliated, hitting Cubs second baseman Mike Fontenot in the face with his right hand as he slid into second base on a successful stolen base attempt with the next hitter, Andruw Jones, at the plate.
Jones grounded out against right-hander Carlos Marmol - Lilly's replacement - to end the inning.
Lilly had a 2-0 count on Renteria when he plunked him near the left shoulder. Renteria took a couple of steps toward the mound before home-plate umpire Jim Wolf and Cubs catcher Michael Barrett stepped in front of him to prevent a fight.
Both benches emptied, but no punches were thrown.
In the Braves' 9-5 victory on Saturday, Atlanta starter Tim Hudson hit Cubs leadoff hitter Alfonso Soriano with a pitch in the back. The day before, Soriano hit three homers in a 9-1 win.
Renteria homered and drove in four runs on Saturday.
Lilly threw 10 pitches, striking out two.

Recent MLB Discussions

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Nationals vs. Mets Prediction Will the Nationals complete their sweep of the Mets tonight when the NL East rivals clash on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball at 8:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Marlins vs. Padres Prediction Will today's Marlins and Padres game at 4:40PM ET be high-scoring for bettors?
Thumbnail Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks Prediction Will another over hit for bettors when the Diamondbacks host the Dodgers today at 4:10PM ET?
Thumbnail Mariners vs. A's Prediction Will the A's complete their four-game sweep of the Mariners when the two teams clash at 4:05PM ET today?
Thumbnail Blue Jays vs. Angels Prediction Will Marcus Stroman lead the Blue Jays past the Angels today at 3:37PM ET?

MLB Team Pages