Odor punches Bautista, benches clear in Blue Jays-Rangers game


A fight between Rougned Odor and Jose Bautista prompted the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays to clear their respective benches twice during Sunday's MLB game at Globe Life Park.

Tensions boiled over at the top of the eighth inning, with the Rangers leading 7-6 - an advantage they did not relinquish - when Bautista went hard into second base with an apparent takeout slide as Odor attempted to turn a double play.

Odor took exception, shoved Bautista and then punched him in the face. Both benches cleared and more pushing and shoving occurred for several minutes before players were separated.

The entire scene followed a three-run home run in the seventh inning by Ian Desmond, who flipped his bat before rounding the bases. 

Bautista, the first batter in the eighth, had gotten on base when Rangers reliever Matt Bush hit him with a fastball and both benches were warned.

Then, at the bottom half of the inning, Prince Fielder was hit by a pitch from Blue Jays reliever Jesse Chavez and benches cleared once again.

When the dust settled, Odor, Bautista, Chavez, Rangers bench coach Steve Buechele, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson and Blue Jays bench coach Demarlo Hale were ejected for their roles in the skirmishes.