Morgan charges mound, Nationals and Marlins brawl

MIAMI (AP) — Nyjer Morgan of the Washington Nationals has charged the mound after a pitch from Florida’s Chris Volstad sailed behind him, setting off a wild brawl between the teams.

Morgan took a big swing that appeared to graze Volstad’s face in the fifth inning Wednesday night. Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez clothes-lined Morgan, knocking off his batting helmet and sending him to the ground.

Morgan was booed when he raised his arms as he was escorted off the field. Managers Jim Riggleman and Edwin Rodriguez jawed at each other.

On Tuesday night, Marlins catcher Brett Hayes sustained a separated shoulder in a 10th-inning collision with Morgan.

Volstad hit Morgan with a pitch in the fourth inning Wednesday night. Morgan then stole two bases with the Nationals trailing 14-3.

Received 09/01/10 09:28 pm ET