Monday in Port St. Lucie, the Mets took on the Cardinals.
With the game scoreless in the bottom of the third, the Mets broke through when Daniel Murphy ripped a 2-run double down the first base line to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Later in the frame, Curtis Granderson lofted a sacrifice fly to drive in another run and make it 3-0 Mets.
The Mets increased their lead to 4-0 in the sixth when a flare RBI single off the bat of Travis d’Arnaud plated another run.
In the top of the seventh, Vic Black relieved Daisuke Matsuzaka and uncorked a wild pitch after putting the first two batters he faced on. He then surrendered an RBI single that allowed the Cardinals to cut the lead to 4-2. After John Lannan replaced Black, the Cardinals plated another run on an RBI ground out to crawl within 4-3.
In the bottom of the seventh, Omar Quintanilla grounded an RBI single through the right side to give the Mets a 5-3 lead and close out the scoring.
- Daisuke Matsuzaka got the start and allowed 1 run in 6 innings of work. He gave up 3 hits, walked 3, struck out 5, and hit a batter.
- Eric Young, Jr. went 1 for 3 with a run scored.
- David Wright went 0 for 3.
- Lucas Duda went 0 for 3.
- Daniel Murphy went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI’s and a run scored.
- Curtis Granderson went 0 for 2 with a sacrifice fly.
- Travis d’Arnaud went 1 for 3 with an RBI.
- Ruben Tejada went 0 for 2 with a walk and a run scored.
- Vic Black had a very poor outing, giving up 2 runs on 2 hits and a hit by pitch without recording an out.
- John Lannan – pitching for the first time ever on back to back days – cleaned up a bases loaded mess he inherited in the 7th, retiring all 3 batters he faced.
- Gonzalez Germen struck out 2 and walked 1 in a scoreless frame.
- Jose Valverde worked around a leadoff single to toss a scoreless 9th and close out the victory.
The Mets head to Viera Tuesday to take on the Nationals. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM.