‘That wasn’t cool watching the game in the clubhouse,’ Alex Cora says of his ejection

Red Sox manager Alex Cora argues with the umpire at the end of fifth inning.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora argues with the umpire at the end of fifth inning.(Barry Chin/Globe Staff)

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Red Sox manager Alex Cora was ejected in the fifth inning of Saturday night’s ALCS Game 1 against the Houston Astros.

After Andrew Benintendi struck out looking on a pitch outside the strike zone to end the inning and leave two runners stranded in a 2-2 game, he fired down his bat, helmet and batting gloves and had to be escorted away from umpire James Hoye.

Cora then began shouting at Hoye and was ejected for the second time this season.

Cora came out of the dugout and argued further with crew chief Joe West before going down the runway to the clubhouse.


Bench coach Ron Roenicke will manage the rest of the game, a 7-2 loss for the Red Sox.

“It’s kind of like embarrassing that it happens in the playoffs,” Cora said. “That wasn’t cool watching the game in the clubhouse. I got a job to do and manage the team in the dugout. But sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do and you’ve got to defend your players.”

More Game 1 coverage:

■   Astros break it open late, beat Red Sox to win Game 1

■   Dan Shaughnessy: Game 2 is now a must win, and David Price is starting for the Red Sox

■   Instant Analysis: Game 1 setback exposed lingering concerns that still haunt Red Sox

■   Chris Sale showed a startling loss of command and velocity

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.