CHICAGO, JULY 7 -- Chicago Cubs right fielder Andre Dawson was hit in the face by a pitch from San Diego's Eric Show in the third inning at Wrigley Field today, immediately igniting one brawl and precipitating two other confrontations.
When the dust had cleared, five Cubs, the manager and a coach had been kicked out of the game, which was won by Chicago, 7-5. No Padre was ejected, although umpires warned Show and his manager removed him. The Padres said he had hurt a foot.
Dawson was taken to a hospital for stitches for facial cuts, but X-rays showed no fractures and he was sent home.
After he was hit, Cubs pitchers hit two Padres.
With the Cubs leading, 4-2, in the third inning, Dawson, who had homered to left field in his first at-bat, was hit on a 1-1 pitch. He ducked, lifting his left elbow. The ball went under the elbow and hit the left side of his mouth.
He lay motionless about a minute. Both benches cleared and Cubs pitcher Rick Sutcliffe pushed Show. Dawson suddenly arose and raced for Show. The Padres' Tony Gwynn eventually tackled Dawson.
Sutcliffe and Dawson were ejected.
Although Gwynn said Show didn't throw at Dawson, he said he didn't blame Dawson for reacting. "It was not a pretty thing," Gwynn said. "He has as much reason as anybody on earth to be mad. If you could just see the look in his eyes."
Show, escorted by umpire Charlie Williams, was about to go to the clubhouse when Gwynn prevented Dawson from reaching the dugout steps.
"I just didn't want to see guys throw any more punches," Gwynn said. "We're all sorry it happened."
"It made me sick to my stomach to see him there spitting blood," Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux said. "It looked like something out of the womb. It was unbelievable. I was scared because I didn't know how serious it was."
Added Sutcliffe: "I think everyone here feels like we have to protect each other and that's just the way I reacted to it."
Maddux was ejected with Cubs Manager Gene Michael in the next inning because Maddux hit Benito Santiago on the hip. The benches again cleared. There was no fighting, although the Cubs' Manny Trillo was ejected for throwing equipment onto the field.
Cubs reliever Scott Sanderson was thrown out in the eighth inning for hitting Chris Brown. Cubs coach Johnny Oates went, too, because he was in charge of the team then.
Show later said in a statement:
"I have never intentionally thrown a pitch to hit a batter in my life, and I was not even intending to brush him back. It was unfortunate, and I'm sure I'll regret it for the rest of my life. I don't know any other words to express my feelings at this time."
He was unavailable for further comment. He has not been popular among teammates because he has criticized their fielding, but several said he is genuinely sorry.
"I don't think Eric would throw at anyone's head, but you'd have to ask Eric," said first baseman John Kruk. "I can't read his mind."
Michael said he wasn't sure the beaning was intentional. "I wish there was an alarm that would go off if it was unintentional," he said.
Padres Manager Larry Bowa said the Cubs "weren't out of line" if they thought Show's pitch was intentional, but added, "All he said was that he tried to pitch inside. When you get a hitter who is leaning out over the plate and a pitcher who's throwing inside, it's going to look like he's throwing at him."
The Padres, with the worst record in the National League (29-55), led by 1-0 in the first inning before the Cubs took the lead for good in the bottom of the inning on home runs by Dawson and Dave Martinez.
Paul Noce led off the Cubs third with a homer. By the end of the brawl, the Cubs led, 5-2, and were never threatened.
In addition to Dawson and Martinez's homers, Maddux and Jim Sundberg had RBI singles, and Leon Durham and Brian Dayett had RBI doubles for the Cubs, in fourth place in the NL East with a 44-39 record.
Kruk had an RBI grounder for the Padres in the first inning and a home run in the ninth. Sanderson (4-4) was the winning pitcher; Show (4-10) the loser.
Mets 6-5, Braves 2-1:
The Mets won two in Atlanta, where Terry Leach became 8-0 and Ron Darling (3-6) won for the first time since April 22.
Shortstop Rafael Santana drove in the winning run in the seventh inning of each game. His two-run single in the first game put the Mets ahead to stay and his double in the nightcap broke a 1-1 tie.
No Mets pitcher had ever gone 8-0. Roger McDowell started last season 7-0. Dwight Gooden won 14 in a row in 1985 but already had lost.