Morneau, who had four hits and drove in three runs, doubled in a run, then Michael Saunders walked and Robinson was hit in the foot by a pitch. With one out, pinch hitter Jimmy Van Ostrand grounded to second.
But Robinson took the legs out from Velazquez at shortstop to prevent the relay throw and a run scored.
“‘We want to play the game hard. We want to play it properly. You get an opportunity to help a team, help your teammates, by breaking up a double play or something, that’s something we do,” Robinson said.
All that led up to the ninth, with Mexico trailing badly and facing possible elimination despite the big win over the United States.
Two pitches came close to Tosoni and the next one hit him in the back. He dropped the bat and walked toward the mound.
When the players all rushed onto the field. Some just shoved, other threw wild haymakers. And just when it seemed things would calm down, more skirmishes ensued.
When the bottle was thrown from behind the Canadian dugout, one Canada player had to be restrained from going into the stands.
No player seemed to be hurt.
“I know the bodies kept moving everywhere but there was a lot more people holding people back than there was real action going on,” Renteria said, “as is always the case.”
As for his team, Whitt said, “You can’t hurt Canadians.”