BALTIMORE — Players sprinted from the dugout onto the field. Relievers filed one at a time from the bullpen and ran down through the outfield grass.
Orioles first-base coach Wayne Kirby ran in to push back Oakland's players as Baltimore manager Buck Showalter arrived to push back his own.
For the second time this weekend, tempers flared at Camden Yards. This time, the outcome of the game had long been decided. But again, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was at the center of it all.
The 21-year-old didn't like how Josh Donaldson tagged him on the basepaths Friday night. And he wasn't pleased with Athletics reliever Fernando Abad nearly hitting him with a pitch on Sunday.
So on the following pitch, Machado let go of his bat as he swung with it landing just past third base on the outfield grass.
And as Oakland sealed a series win with an 11-1 victory over the Orioles, Machado and Abad wouldn't be around for the end, as both got ejected.
"The bat slipped out of my hands," Machado said. "It was a weekend that had its ups and downs. We got beat today. We got beat. That's the only downer on this part. We got our ass kicked."
It was Machado's second career ejection and his first of the season. Now, the Orioles (31-30) will have to wait and see if a suspension is coming for their All-Star third baseman.
Even if there's not, Machado may not be making too many friends throughout the league with his actions.
"You start to think about who does this guy think he is, and that causes, I don't know, some drama to start, I guess," Athletics designated hitter John Jaso said. "The game should be played the right way. And when it's not played the right way, people should be told."
Despite the altercations Machado had this weekend, Showalter said he feels Machado wasn't out of line and that he will stand by his young third baseman's side.
"I thought Manny handled it better than someone with some experience did," Showalter said. "It was also a good experience for him to have. He cares."
Many of the 38,244 in attendance had left by the time of the incident. That's because Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez (2-7) had another poor outing.
He only gave up two hits. The first one, in the top of the third, looked as if it may had been a grand slam but after a lengthy review, it was ruled a ground-rule double. Two batters late, Jimenez wasn't as fortunate.
Brandon Moss jolted a grand slam to straightaway center to give the Athletics (39-24) an early 6-0 lead. Jimenez then exited having only retired one batter in the third. It was his shortest outing since April 16, 2013.
The 30-year-old gave up a season-high six runs and walked a season-high five batters.
"I lost everything," Jimenez said. "The fastball was moving too much. It was hard to throw for a strike and the breaking ball, I couldn't throw it for a strike."
Jimenez has struggled since signing with the Orioles this offseason. He has given up four or more runs in seven of his 13 starts. He has only pitched six innings or more five times.
"I had a couple good games and then had a bad one. I haven't been consistent at all," Jimenez said. "The only thing I can do is keep working hard and hopefully things are going to change."
It didn't get any better for the Orioles after Jimenez exited. Reliever Brad Brach gave up four runs in two innings on four hits and five walks.
Jaso went 2 for 5 with four RBIs and Punto went 2 for 3, reached base four times, and drove in two runs for the Athletics (39-24).
Meanwhile, Baltimore's bats had trouble against Oakland starter Scott Kazmir (7-2). The A's left-hander pitched seven shutout innings, holding the Orioles to four hits and striking out seven.
Baltimore has won just one series in its past eight. During that stretch, it has gone 11-15 and is now close to again falling below .500.
The Orioles will try to prevent that from happening as they play three against Boston and four against Toronto after completing a series against a team with the best record in the American League.
"They're good. We knew that," Showalter said. "There'll be another good team coming in behind them. That's why they call it the big leagues. It's relentless. We'll regroup and be ready to compete tomorrow. It will be the first time our guys have been able to get any rest in about four days, so I'm hoping that helps out a little bit."
NOTES: The Orioles activated reliever Tommy Hunter from the 15-day disabled list before Sunday's game. Hunter pitched for Low Class-A Delmarva on a rehab stint Saturday. He had been dealing with left groin soreness. The Orioles optioned Evan Meek to Class-AAA Norfolk to make room on the roster. ... Nick Markakis singled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Markakis and Toronto's Jose Bautista are the only players in the majors this season to have two hitting streaks of 12 or more games. ... Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy committed an error in the seventh inning, his fifth in the last four games. Baltimore has had an error in five straight games for the first time since it had seven straight games with one May 4-10, 2012.