Braves C Johnny Estrada and Manager Bobby Cox were ejected in the first inning of last night's game against the Marlins along with LHP Mike Hampton, who's on the disabled list with an injured forearm.

The ejections occurred shortly after Paul Lo Duca backed out of the batter's box, then returned and got set for a 2-2 pitch from Atlanta's Roman Colon.

Estrada stood, turned around and appeared to bump plate umpire Doug Eddings, who promptly threw him out. Cox ran out to argue and also was tossed by Eddings, the manager's second ejection of the season.

Television replays showed Estrada making an obscene gesture in Eddings's direction after he entered the Braves' dugout. Cox also remained in the dugout for about four more minutes, shouting at Eddings -- who apparently threw Hampton out for arguing as well.

* MORE EJECTIONS: C Todd Pratt and Manager Charlie Manuel were thrown out of the Phillies' game against the Mets for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez.

Mike Piazza was batting in the bottom of the second inning when Marquez pulled off his mask and threw Pratt out of the game. Manuel came out of the dugout to defend his catcher and soon he was gone, too.

It was the fourth time Manuel has been tossed from a game in his first season as Phillies manager and it was the second time he has been ejected by Marquez.

* STAYING POWER: Paid attendance for last night's Atlanta Braves-Florida Marlins game was 23,147; it appeared about 6,000 waited out a rain delay that lasted nearly three hours. Among those who stayed was Miami Heat Coach Stan Van Gundy, a big Marlins fan.

-- From News Services

Phillies catcher Todd Pratt and Manager Charlie Manuel, center, were ejected for arguing with umpire Alfonso Marquez.