Servais' ejection appears to spark Mariners

Soon after manager gets tossed, Cruz drills go-ahead 3-run HR

Servais' ejection appears to spark Mariners

WASHINGTON -- Mariners manager Scott Servais was ejected in the top of the sixth inning of Thursday's 4-2 win over the Nationals.

The skipper was tossed by home-plate umpire Adam Hamari after arguing from the Seattle dugout about a called third strike on Guillermo Heredia.

"Oh, I knew I was the one [who was ejected]," Servais said. "I was yelling the loudest. It was a game [where] there some pitches -- I thought the borderline 50-50 pitches today -- he was very inconsistent on those. I thought there were was a few [pitches] earlier in the game that we barked about, and certainly thought I was barking the loudest, which I was."

The ejection marked the second of the season for Servais and came a day after he challenged his team to play with more urgency following five consecutive losses.

"Our guys joke about it, I think we're 2-0 when I get kicked out of games now, so they'd like to see it probably happen more," Servais said. "It's the intensity of the game."

Cruz's three-run dinger

The game's decisive blow came moments after Servais was sent to the clubhouse, as Nelson Cruz's three-run home run gave the Mariners a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

Daniel Shiferaw is a contributor to based in Washington, who covered the Mariners on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.