The scoring got started right in the first inning in Jupiter at Roger Dean Stadium against the Marlins, as Jordany Valdespin continued his hot spring by tripling to right field to lead things off in front of Andrew Brown, who singled him home. Jonathon Niese and Ricky Nolasco swapped goose eggs until the bottom of the 4th, when Miami took a 2-1 lead. Niese walked three men and allowed two hits in that 4th inning.
New York pulled ahead in the 8th inning against reliever Ryan Webb, putting up a three-spot to build a 4-2 lead. Mike Baxter singled, then came around to score off a double by Anthony Recker. The bases were then loaded after an Omar Quintanilla single and a walk to Brian Bixler. Josh Rodriguez made it hurt with a two-run single, which ended up being the difference in the ballgame.
- Niese gets the no-decision in his first start since getting the Opening Day nod from Terry Collins, and although he held the Marlins to 2 runs in his 5 innings of work, he also allowed 4 hits and walked 4 batters to go with his 5 strikeouts.
- LaTroy Hawkins and Pedro Feliciano teamed up to throw a scoreless 6th inning, with Robert Carson and Scott Atchison each throwing an inning of their own without being scored upon.
- Scott Rice put in another solid outing, closing out the game in the 9th, earning the save and securing the victory.
- Andrew Brown came alive with the bat, as he came away with two hits and an RBI, including a run scoring single in the top of the 1st, plating Jordany Valdespin.
- Collin Cowgill struggled at the plate tonight, going 0-for4 with three strikeouts.
- Brandon Hicks continues his spring-long issues at the plate, going hitless in two more at-bats, dropping his average to .128. Meanwhile, Quintanilla busted out with two hits, raising his average back up to .243.
The Mets welcome the Washington Nationals to Tradition Field at PSL tomorrow at 1:10pm. The game will be televised on WPIX and aired on the radio waves on WFAN.