MILWAUKEE -- So much for enjoying a rare blowout win. Manager Ron Roenicke and bench coach Jerry Narron were ejected on Tuesday night with three outs to go in a 10-1 game. The trouble began when reliever Francisco Rodriguez, getting work in a rout because of his recent struggles, appeared to strike out Astros outfielder Justin Maxwell with a curveball. At least Maxwell believed he'd been struck out; he turned toward the dugout. But wait -- plate umpire Brian Knight's call was ball two.
Narron voiced his displeasure from the bench and was ejected. Roenicke went toward home plate to hear Knight's explanation and was ejected, too. "He told me it was high," Roenicke said. "It wasn't even close to being high." Rodriguez did get a called strike three on the next pitch, a fastball that even he admitted might have been a bit low, and he went on to close the game with a 1-2-3 inning. Roenicke, whose only other ejection this season came on July 7 at Houston -- after Sam Holbrook tossed Zack Greinke for spiking the ball in frustration after a play at first base -- was uncharacteristically upset. "[Knight] says, 'You're yelling at me in a 10-1 ballgame?'" he said. "I said, 'I don't care what the score is. I've got a pitcher out there that's working as hard as he can. You blow a call and you throw my guy out?' "And he throws me out for that. That's a poor job by him."