Glaus' 1st Homer Leads Cardinals Over Houston

Brushback pitch empties benches for second straight day
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2008 7:44 PM CDT
Umpires Jim Joyce, left, and Tim Tschida, center, talk to Houston Astros starting pitcher Brandon Backe after Backe brushed back the Yadier Molina causing both benches to empty in the fifth inning.   (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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(Newser) – Troy Glaus hit his first home run with St. Louis and Albert Pujols also connected to lead the Cardinals to a 5-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday. Glaus, who was acquired in an offseason trade that sent Scott Rolen to Toronto, had entered the game leading the majors with 15 RBIs without a single home run.

For the second time in two days, both benches and bullpens cleared without any punches being thrown. After Yadier Molina called timeout during Backe's windup, the Cardinals catcher took exception to Backe's next pitch that was up and in. Molina immediately took several steps toward the mound, twice pushing his counterpart J.R. Towles in an attempt to get to Backe.