Red Sox, Blue Jays benches clear after hit-by-pitch

TORONTO — Tensions nearly boiled over between the Red Sox and Blue Jays early in Wednesday’s series finale at Rogers Centre as both dugouts and bullpens emptied in the bottom of the third inning.

It quickly became clear that things were beginning to escalate, though.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was right in the middle of it, going back and forth with Pivetta from the dugout. Guerrero wouldn’t back down, and by the time he climbed over the dugout railing and took two steps onto the field, everyone followed.

The Blue Jays’ bullpen began to race in, led by newly-signed reliever Sergio Romo, and the Red Sox ‘pen burst through their doors soon after. Some players needed to be held back, including Rafael Devers on the Boston side, but the altercation was more of a conversation than a fight.

Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo was involved, too, first checking on Kirk, then with the umpires and the Red Sox. Both dugouts were warned.

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