Almost immediately after, Pierzynski received his ninth career ejection, this one over a dispute about balls and strikes
"I don't know. It happens," said Pierzynski. "Just the timing was rather odd. But you know, whatever. Stuff happens out there.
"I've been kicked out a couple times in my career. I remember getting kicked out last year in a no-hitter. Stuff happens."
David Ross came on to catch for the Red Sox in an eventual 7-4, 12-inning Boston loss.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.