Ortiz held back from umpire in meltdown against Yankees


David Ortiz and Boston Red Sox general manager John Farrell were ejected in the ninth inning of Friday's 3-2 MLB loss to the New York Yankees after a questionable 3-1 pitch that was ruled a strike.

With the bases loaded and the Red Sox down 3-2, a low pitch from Yankees closer Andrew Miller was ruled a strike, which three-time World Series champion Ortiz thought was a ball to walk him.

Farrell came out of the dugout irate to argue the call and was promptly tossed from the game by home plate umpire Ron Kulpa.

On the next pitch Ortiz struck out looking. After going to the dugout, the nine-time All-Star came charging back out to argue the call, screaming at Kulpa. He had to be restrained by team-mates and was also ejected.

"Hey look, have you seen Miller's numbers?" Ortiz asked after the game. "He don't need no help. That's all I can tell you.

"Just because an umpire has a wide zone I don't have to get out of my game. I'm facing one of the best pitchers in the game, so you either keep it fair or you're going to look really bad. And he looked pretty bad on those pitches - I'm telling you right now.

"And the bad thing about it is that everyone is watching. The game is on the line. We need to win this game. We're not playing the game to just give it away. We're playing well, we got a good rhythm. And now with the game on the line in that situation, facing one of best pitchers in game, I probably can understand missing one time, but not two. Both of those pitches were bad, though."

All was not lost for Ortiz after he hit his 510th career home run against the Yankees, passing Gary Sheffield at No. 25 on the all-time home run list.

It was also his 452nd homer with the Red Sox, tying Carl Yastrzemski for second place within the franchise.