Park solid as Mets top Marlins
Veteran right-hander fans five in three hitless innings
METS 8, MARLINS 2
at Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Friday, March 30
Mets at the plate: With Paul Lo Duca batting second and David Wright fifth, the Mets scored twice in the first inning. Carlos Delgado's single through the middle produced he first run. Wright's sacrifice fly drove in the other. Shawn Green stole second base and scored from second on a single to left by Miguel Negron. Jose Reyes followed with a double. Delgado later was hit by a pitch, in the back, to drive in a run. A walk to Wright drove in another. Lastings Milledge drove in two runs with a single in the eighth.
Marlins on the mound: Ricardo Rodriguez allowed two runs and four hits in his two-inning start. His successor, Nate Field, allowed three in the fourth, hitting a batter and walking another with the bases loaded.Mets on the mound: Chan Ho Park, who wasn't scheduled to pitch -- much less start, pitched the first three innings and allowed only a walk with five strikeouts. Burgos allowed the home run by Uggla and then retired three. Pedro Feliciano pitched a perfect fifth, his 12th scoreless inning in 13 appearances. Joe Smith pitched the sixth and struck out two.
Grapefruit League records: Marlins 12-17-3; Mets 12-20-1Up next: Mike Pelfrey makes his final start with the Mets until April 13 against the Devil Rays at Tropicana Field at 1:05 p.m. ET. The Rays' starter will be James Shields.
The Marlins polish up their spring exhibition season on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. against the Reds in Dayton, Ohio. Sergio Mitre will get the start. Cincinnati is going with Eric Milton.
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.