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3/24 Game Recap: Mets Defeat Cardinals 5-3

By Danny Abriano

Monday in Port St. Lucie, the Mets took on the Cardinals.

Mar 7, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher

Daisuke Matsuzaka

(16) throws against the St. Louis Cardinals in spring training action at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Game Recap:

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.
  • 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.
  • Jose Valverde worked around  a leadoff single to toss a scoreless 9th and close out the victory.

Next Up:

The Mets head to Viera Tuesday to take on the Nationals. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM.

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