Reds scrap with Cards at plate, tangle in outfield, win 9-6

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Cincinnati Reds' Nick Castellanos, center, reacts after scoring a run ahead of the tag by St. Louis Cardinals' Jake Woodford, right, during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati, Saturday, April 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

CINCINNATI – Nick Castellanos stood over, flexed and jawed at St. Louis pitcher Jake Woodford after scoring, setting off a series of scuffles that included relievers shoving in the outfield as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Cardinals 9-6 Saturday.

St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright was knocked around for six runs and chased in the third. The next inning, the teams started tagging each other.

“Our whole group was in there, fast and furious," Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said.

Castellanos, who homered on opening day and hopped out of the box before tossing his bat, was plunked by Woodford with two outs and none on in the fourth. Castellanos retrieved the ball and offered to toss it back to Woodford before flipping it out of play.

A wild pitch soon sent Castellanos scampering home from third and he scored with a headfirst slide for a 7-2 lead as he bumped into Woodford, who took the throw from catcher Yadier Molina at the plate.

Castellanos said it was raw emotion in the moment after he scored and wasn't trying to incite Woodford, who had put him on base with a fastball to the ribs. Woodford said it wasn't intentional.

“I’m not out here to disrespect nobody or whatever, but I want to win,” Castellanos said.

Said Shildt: “There is no need to stand over somebody and taunt somebody.”