Matt Kemp, Robinson Chirinos ejected after collision at plate

Matt Kemp, Robinson Chirinos ejected after collision at plate

The scuffle began when Kike Hernandez hit a base hit to the opposite field in the bottom of the third, sending Matt Kemp home for the Dodgers.

Kemp then chased after Chirinos when the catcher shoved him following the collision. The catcher, Robinson Chirinos of the Rangers, must have been expecting Kemp to just be tagged out.

Chirinos and Kemp jostled as they got up. Dodgers coach George Lombard was restraining first baseman Joey Gallo, and closer Keone Kela led the charge of Rangers relievers from the bullpen and made his presence known.

No punches were thrown.

Major League Baseball rules governing plays at home plate allow for contact when the catcher has the ball and is in the way, but it's likely Kemp would have been called out even if Chirinos had dropped the ball.

After the field was cleared, the umpires huddled and both managers that Kemp and Chirinos were ejected.

Rules have been put in place to outlaw runners from plowing into catchers, and catchers have to give runners a lane to the plate in most cases.

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