Orioles shortstop Manny Machado and Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura were both ejected Tuesday night following a bench-clearing melee that was precipitated by Ventura throwing at Machado.

With one out in the bottom of the fifth inning and the Orioles leading 5-1, Ventura's first pitch to Machado -- a 99 mph fastball -- hit the Baltimore slugger in the back. Machado charged the mound as Ventura prepared for the confrontation by taking off his hat and glove. Machado threw a punch at the Kansas City starter and slammed him to the ground.

With the crowd at Camden Yards chanting, "Man-ny, Man-ny," both benches and bullpens flooded the field. Machado was restrained by teammate Chris Tillman after the initial contact.

After the Orioles routed the Royals 9-1, Ventura insisted the errant throw was unintentional and implied that Machado has a reputation as a hot head.

"Everybody knows what kind of player he is," Ventura said through an interpreter. "One just got away and he came at me, and I have to defend myself at that point."