Maine settles in; Mets rally past Fish
Starter finishes well after tough start; six-run seventh wins it
METS 10, MARLINS 5
at Jupiter, Fla.
Sunday, March 15
Mets at the plate: The Mets had just three players register hits in the first six innings -- Bobby Kielty, Ryan Church and Brian Schneider. Kielty, who was also picked off and caught stealing, drew a bases-loaded walk to give New York its first run of the game in the sixth. In the seventh, the offense put up six runs. Ruben Tejada hit an RBI double, and former Marlin Luis Castillo hit a two-run triple to tie the game at 4. Church then hit a sacrifice fly to give the Mets their first lead of the game.
Marlins at the plate: The Marlins had their big inning in the bottom of the first, when Dan Uggla hit a two-run double and Cody Ross smacked a two-run homer to give them an early 4-0 lead. Gaby Sanchez, who went into the game batting .143 and is competing for the starting job at first base, finished 1-for-4 with three strikeouts.Mets on the mound: After getting off to a rough start in the first inning, when he gave up four runs on three hits and a hit by pitch, John Maine got into a groove his next three frames, giving up just two hits the rest of the way while striking out five batters total. Casey Fossum and Carlos Muniz each pitched a scoreless inning thereafter. Marlins on the mound: Taking a line drive off the right thigh on Wednesday and pitching on three days' rest didn't seem to be much of a problem for Chris Volstad, who hurled five scoreless innings. The 22-year-old right-hander gave up just three hits and no walks while striking out three and throwing 54 pitches -- 34 for strikes. Renyel Pinto came in next and struggled through his lone inning, giving up his first run of the spring and throwing 38 pitches -- 22 balls -- while getting out of a bases-loaded jam. Taylor Tankersley, another lefty competing for a bullpen spot, was shelled for six runs in the seventh inning. Through 5 1/3 innings this spring, Tankersley has given up 11 runs. Grapefruit League records: Marlins 6-8-1; Mets 7-8-1. Up next: The Mets will be off on Monday before heading to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to take on the Braves at 1:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Scheduled to pitch in that game are Jonathon Niese, Darren O'Day, Fossum, Muniz, Bobby Parnell, Brian Stokes and Jon Switzer.
The Marlins will stay put in Jupiter, Fla., on Monday, as they get set to host another division rival, the Nationals, at 1:05 p.m. Emilio Bonifacio will get his first crack at his former team, while Florida could see former outfielder Josh Willingham step up to the plate, though former starter Scott Olsen isn't scheduled to pitch for Washington. Anibal Sanchez will start for the Marlins.
Alden Gonzalez is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.