Oswalt ejected in opener vs. Nationals

Oswalt ejected in opener vs. Nationals

HOUSTON -- Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt was ejected in the third inning of Monday's 14-4 loss against the Nationals by home-plate umpire Bill Hohn for arguing balls and strikes.

Oswalt, whose string of 10 consecutive quality starts to begin the season came to an end, gave up four runs and four hits. He was ejected after throwing a close 2-2 pitch to Josh Willingham that Hohn called a ball. Oswalt said something to Hohn as he walked toward the mound and was quickly ejected.

Oswalt headed to the dugout while catcher Humberto Quintero and manager Brad Mills took up his cause with Hohn. Oswalt believed he had thrown strike three to Adam Dunn in the prior at-bat, and Dunn wound up hitting a three-run double.

This was Oswalt's first ejection since 2004, when he was ejected twice during that year. The first time, he was ejected on May 8 of that season in a game vs. the Braves, and the second ejection occurred on Aug. 22 in a matchup vs. the Cubs.

Right-hander Gustavo Chacin replaced Oswalt, and then led off the bottom of the third with his first career hit -- a solo homer.

Oswalt was trying to tie a franchise record by pitching his 11th quality start to begin the season. It was the 282nd start of his career, which tied Nolan Ryan for third place on the franchise all-time list.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.