DENVER -- Corey Dickerson hit Atlanta catcher Gerald Laird with his backswing and tempers quickly flared, setting off a tense sequence and leading to several ejections Thursday as the Colorado Rockies beat the Braves 10-3.
The Rockies led 8-3 in the eighth when Dickerson knocked off Laird's facemask with his swing -- it appeared accidental.
Laird was down for several minutes before walking off the field on his own and being replaced by Evan Gattis.
With his next pitch, Atlanta reliever David Carpenter hit Dickerson in the thigh and was ejected.
Rockies manager Walt Weiss bolted from the dugout and yelled at Carpenter, as well as in the general direction of Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. Weiss was held back by plate umpire Jordan Baker before being ejected.
In the ninth, Rockies reliever Nick Masset hit Gattis in the hip with a pitch. Both Masset and Rockies bench coach Tom Runnells were tossed (see full recap).
Hudson leads Giants over Nationals
SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Hudson threw seven strong innings and left with a major league-best 1.81 ERA as the San Francisco Giants avoided a four-game sweep, beating the Washington Nationals 7-1 on Thursday.
Michael Morse got three hits and scored twice for the Giants, who had a five-game winning streak before Washington came to town.
The Nationals have lost just twice in 10 games.
Hudson (7-2) allowed one unearned run and six hits. He walked two, struck out five and improved to 3-0 in his last five starts, which includes a suspended game. The Giants are 7-0 in games Hudson has started at home.
Blake Treinen (0-3) remained winless at the major league level despite a 2.08 ERA (see full recap).
Frazier HR sparks Reds' win
CINCINNATI -- Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer off Zack Greinke, who lost his perfect record at Great American Ball Park, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 on Thursday afternoon for a split of their four-game series.
The Reds won the last two games to finish a 5-5 homestand that left them stuck closer to the bottom of the NL Central than the top.
Alfredo Simon (9-3) gave up seven singles in eight innings, joining the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright as the NL's nine-game winners.
Greinke (8-3) had been 4-0 in five games at Great American. A slow start cost him his perfect mark. Skip Schumaker opened the Reds' first with a single, and Frazier followed with his team-high 14th homer on Greinke's fifth pitch of the game. Joey Votto doubled on the next pitch as well.
Cincinnati would get only one more hit off Greinke, who went six innings before leaving for a pinch-hitter (see full recap).