Murphy ejected before 10th inning of Nats-O's

Murphy ejected before 10th inning of Nats-O's

BALTIMORE -- Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy was ejected before the start of the 10th inning of Tuesday's 5-4, 12-inning loss to the Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards after a heated exchange with home-plate umpire Laz Diaz.

Murphy, who hit a solo homer in the second inning, appeared to take issue with being called out on strikes in the ninth. He played the bottom of the frame, and the O's tied the game at 4 to send it to extras. After he returned to the dugout before the start of extra innings, Murphy, who usually shows restraint on the field, said something to Diaz, who promptly tossed him from the game.

Murphy's solo homer

That brought Murphy out of the dugout to argue with Diaz, and Nats manager Dusty Baker had to get in between the two.

"I think we had some disagreements on some calls during the game," Murphy said, understating the point.

Both Murphy and Baker agreed they were surprised that Murphy was ejected so quickly.

"That was a big guy to lose in a game like this, especially late in the game," Baker said. "That's one of our main guys, and the spot [in the lineup] came up a couple times after that."

Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.