MILWAUKEE -- Home plate umpire Bob Davidson says he ejected a fan at Miller Park because the fan used a homophobic slur aimed at Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.

Davidson said he decided to throw out 44-year-old Sean A. Ottow of Waukesha, Wis., in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday night because he wanted to make sure Molina wouldn't do something to escalate the situation. Davidson spoke Wednesday before the series finale.

Ottow told The Associated Press while handcuffed to a bench on Miller Park's service level that he never swore at Molina. Davidson said Ottow was intoxicated and that Molina never requested the fan be removed.

The Brewers' 4-2 win over the Cardinals featured four ejections before Trevor Hoffman earned his 600th career save.