Logan Forsythe grounded into a double play to end the bottom of the inning when Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis felt baserunner Everth Cabrera slid with his arms in the air and scolded him. Cabrera apologized.
"I didn't think it was that big of a deal," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
But Shane Victorino came charging in from his left-field position and tempers flared. Nobody was ejected, but plate umpire Marty Foster issued warnings to both benches.
"I don't care if he slides hard," Ellis said. "The hands were the only thing. I said something and we're fine. It's no big deal."
Said Padres manager Bud Black: "I think [Cabrera] was going in there to try to break up a double play. I think Mark Ellis took a little bit of exception to what [Cabrera] did.
"Mark's a pro, I respect him. He took exception to a guy trying to break up a double play, and I think at that point, in September, two in-division teams that are playing hard, something was said. There was a little stand-up, and here come a couple other guys, and before you know it, the guys are on the field. I make it out to be a pretty intense two-run game."
Ellis was sent to the disabled list May 19 for six weeks when he was crushed on a slide by St. Louis' Tyler Greene and required emergency surgery. The Dodgers later had an incident when Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt took out Jerry Hairston on what they perceived to be a late takeout slide at second base.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.