The Chicago White Sox unexpectedly lost their starting pitcher in the fourth inning, and then went on to win their eighth straight game.
Alexei Ramirez drove in two runs and the White Sox extended their season-best winning streak with a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday.
Chicago left-hander Jose Quintana was ejected by plate umpire Mark Wegner with two outs in the fourth when he threw a pitch behind Ben Zobrist at knee level. Chicago manager Robin Ventura was also tossed by Wegner for arguing.
"I've never seen anything like that," Ventura said. "I don't know how to explain it. I was shocked. Usually if the guy feels it (had) intent, he gives warning and it goes from there, but it just shocked me."
Quintana, through a translator, said he was not throwing at Zobrist.
"I was going to throw a fastball, but A.J. (Pierzynski) asked him for a changeup and instead of crossing him over, I went through and it just slipped away," Quintana said.
Tampa Bay right-hander Alex Cobb (2-1) hit a pair of White Sox batters -- Gordon Beckham during the first and Pierzynski in the third -- during the game. Pierzynski was hit with a man on second and one out.
"I was just trying to get a fastball in, and yanked it a little bit," Cobb said of the pitch that struck Pierzynski.
Pierzynski had made what Rays manager Joe Maddon called an awkward slide involving Zobrist in Tuesday night's game.
"I didn't ask for anything right there," Maddon said.
Maddon said Wegner handled the situation well.
"When a pitcher throws behind somebody like that, it's pretty obvious what their intent was regardless of the denials on the other side," Maddon said. "I thought the home plate umpire did a great job, actually. That really stopped everything in its tracks."
Dayan Viciedo had a run-scoring single and Ramirez hit a sacrifice fly to help Chicago take a 3-1 lead in the third. Ramirez made it 4-1 with an RBI double in the fifth.
Luke Scott and Carlos Pena homered for the Rays, who have lost nine of their last 13 games at home.