Benches clear after Yoan Lopez throws inside on Nolan Arenado

ST. LOUIS — Something had to give between the Mets and Cardinals.

After eight separate batters were hit between the two teams over the course of their three-game set, Nolan Arenado’s barking following on an inside pitch from Yoan Lopez forced things to boil over.

Tomas Nido tried to ease Arenado’s frustration but the Cardinals designated hitter pushed him aside and set off the confrontation between both teams in front of home plate. Pete Alonso, who was hit in the head during last night’s game, was pulled out of the pile by Cardinals first-base coach Stubby Clapp and taken do the ground.

Home-plate umpire Jeremie Rehak ejected Arenado and Clapp from the game.

“I’ll let them handle their players, I know our player got hit in the head and went to first base,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said after the game when asked if he thought Arenado was out of line.

A half-inning earlier, JD Davis was forced to exit after he was hit near the left foot on a pitch from Genesis Cabrera.

The Mets have been hitting 19 times this season, an inauspicious number that leads MLB. Both teams have been hit four times apiece this series.

This article originally appeared on Mets-Cardinals fight: Nolan Arenado, Yoan Lopez, Stubby Clapp involved

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