DENVER — Colorado reliever Carlos Estevez and St. Louis outfielder Jose Martinez faced each other in an unusual way — a playful post-national anthem standoff .

With Wednesday’s game about to start, Estevez and Martinez stood near their dugouts — with their hand over their heart — and refused to back down until the other moved first.

Martinez’s teammates offered support by bringing him water and a batting helmet. Estevez’s teammates countered by spraying him with sunscreen and giving him a catcher’s mask. The befuddled umpiring crew didn’t quite know what to do.

Apparently, Estevez relented first and made a winner of Martinez, who jumped up and down in celebration before retreating to the dugout.

The start of the game was delayed several minutes by the good-natured prank.