MIAMI MARLINS slugger Giancarlo Stanton was hit under the left eye by a fastball and bleeding from the face as he was taken off the field in an ambulance last night in a 4-2 loss to the host Milwaukee Brewers.

The Marlins said the major league RBI leader was being treated at a hospital for a facial cut. He was also undergoing X-rays and a CT scan.

Stanton's father was at the game and came on the field while his son was treated, and left with him in the ambulance.

It was ruled that Stanton swung at the 88 mph pitch from Mike Fiers in the fifth inning. Reed Johnson batted for Stanton and was hit in the hand by Fiers' next pitch, and again it was ruled a swinging strike.

Casey McGehee was in the on-deck circle and starting yelling at Fiers, and both benches and bullpens emptied. There was some pushing and shoving, but it did not appear any punches were thrown. When order was restored, the umpires ejected McGehee and Marlins manager Mike Redmond.

Stanton tops the NL with 37 home runs. He has 105 RBI.

Miami reliever Anthony Desclafani hit Carlos Gomez in the sixth with a pitch and was quickly ejected by home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg. Marlins bench coach Rob Leary was also tossed.

Ryan Braun and rookie Matt Clark hit home runs for Milwaukee. The Brewers are 1 1/2 games behind Pittsburgh for the second NL wild-card spot.

In other NL games

* At San Francisco, Jake Peavy (5-4) struck out eight to win his third start in a row and the Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-2, for their ninth straight home victory. Hunter Pence put the Giants ahead on a quirky RBI single in the first. Pence literally threw his bat at the ball, which hit the front corner of second base and skipped into shallow right-center. Pence also drew a bases-loaded walk.

* At New York, Adam LaRoche and Anthony Rendon had two-run homers off Bartolo Colon, who was ejected after hitting the following batter both times, and the Washington Nationals beat the Mets, 6-2, for their 12th straight win at Citi Field.

* At Cincinnati, Johnny Cueto (18-8) pitched eight innings to beat Lance Lynn (15-9) and send the St. Louis Cardinals to their third consecutive loss, 1-0.

In AL games

* At New York, Chris Young broke up Alex Cobb's no-hit bid in the eighth inning and then launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth that rallied the Yankees to a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Pinch-hitter Martin Prado connected for a two-run shot immediately after Cobb was pulled in the eighth, and the Yankees climbed out of a four-run hole to take two of three in the series. Young homered with one out to win it.

Yunel Escobar homered twice and drove in four runs for the Rays.

* At Kansas City, Boston took advantage of three critical errors by the first-place Royals, pulling away late in a 6-3 victory. Kansas City's advantage in the AL Central dropped to a half-game over idle Detroit.

* At Chicago, Chris Sale (12-3) bested Scott Kazmir (14-8) in a brilliant pitchers' duel, light-hitting Marcus Semien homered in the sixth inning for the only run and the host White Sox edged the rapidly fading Oakland Athletics, 1-0.

* At Cleveland, rookie T.J. House (3-3) pitched seven sharp innings, Carlos Santana homered and drove in both runs and the Indians completed a doubleheader sweep with a 2-0 win over the Minnesota Twins. Santana also homered in the first game, backing another strong performance by Corey Kluber (15-9) in an 8-2 victory.

* At Arlington, Texas, Erick Aybar hit a two-run homer early and eight Angels pitchers combined for a 7-3 victory over the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles its eighth straight win.


* The World Series is scheduled to open on a Tuesday instead of Wednesday this year. In 2007, Major League Baseball switched from a Saturday to a Wednesday start with the goal of playing more games on nights that typically draw the largest TV audiences. The new schedule will skip Thursday, a big day for TV viewing, and add a game on Friday, when audiences are generally much smaller. But the switch means that the World Series will go up against the NFL on at most one night instead of potentially three.

Fox also announced that five of the seven NL Championship Series games would be on cable network Fox Sports 1 for the first time. Only Games 1 and 6, both on Saturdays, would be on Fox.

The postseason will open with the AL wild-card game Sept. 30 on TBS. The NL playoffs will start with the wild-card game Oct. 1 on ESPN, which adds the round under its new contract with MLB.

The regular season ends Sept. 28, and any tiebreakers would be played the next day.

Both AL Division Series openers are scheduled for Oct. 2 on TBS. The NL Division Series openers will be Oct. 3 on FS1.

The AL Championship Series begins Oct. 10 on TBS and the NLCS opens the next day.

The World Series will start Oct. 21 at the home of the AL champion.

* A South Florida man has been arrested for his alleged role in a smuggling venture that brought Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig out of Cuba, according to court records. The records show Gilberto Suarez is scheduled to make an initial appearance Thursday in Miami federal court on a charge of alien smuggling. Suarez was arrested Wednesday and it wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

* All-Star closer Greg Holland could be available for Kansas City this weekend after dealing with some tightness in his right arm, while lefthander Danny Duffy (shoulder) was awaiting word from doctors before beginning to throw again.

* Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia had season-ending surgery on his left wrist to repair a tendon, clean out scar tissue and reduce some inflammation.