03/08/10 4:18 PM EST
Eight-run ninth seals Mets' win
Carter goes deep twice in ninth vs. two different hurlers
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
at Jupiter, Fla.
Monday, March 8
Mets at the plate: Jason Bay's RBI single in the first inning gave the Mets an early lead. Angel Pagan, who walked and stole second, scored the first run. Fernando Martinez's sacrifice fly to right field in the second made it 2-0. Ruben Tejada doubled to open the inning and scored. Rod Barajas led off the sixth inning with a home run off Scott Strickland. In the ninth inning, the Mets broke it open with eight runs. Chris Carter had two homers in the frame. Carter opened the ninth with a homer off Seth McClung, and later added a three-run shot off Chris Schroder.Marlins at the plate: Wes Helms delivered a pinch-hit RBI single off R.A. Dickey in the second inning. Gaby Sanchez singled, stole second and scored on Helms' two-out hit to right field. Sanchez went 2-for-4. In the first inning, Hanley Ramirez doubled. Ramirez exited after five innings, going 1-for-3. In the eighth inning, Scott Cousins hit an RBI double. Mets on the mound: In 1 2/3 innings, John Maine struck out four and gave up one run. The right-hander worked around a first-inning double to Ramirez, as he struck out Dan Uggla to retire the side. He was lifted with two on in the second inning after reaching 39 pitches (21 for strikes). Jenrry Mejia had a scare when he stretched out his throwing hand in an attempt to field Brett Hayes' chopped grounder. Hayes reached on an infield single. Mejia was fine, threw two warmup tosses and stayed in the game. Mejia threw three scoreless innings, scattering two hits while striking out one.
Marlins on the mound: Throwing strikes was an issue for starter Ryan Tucker. In the first inning, the right-hander threw 28 pitches, 13 for strikes. A leadoff walk to Pagan was costly, as it set up an unearned run. Uggla was charged with two errors on a liner hit at him by Martinez. Tucker tossed two innings, giving up two runs (one earned) while walking three and striking out one. Overall, 24 of his 49 pitches were strikes. Cristhian Martinez threw strikes in two scoreless innings of relief. The right-hander tossed 32 pitches, 26 for strikes.Worth noting: Tucker pitched for the first time in Grapefruit League play on Monday. The right-hander did face the University of Miami in an exhibition game on Wednesday, giving up two runs in 1 2/3 innings. ... In eight Grapefruit League games, the Mets have collected 92 hits. Grapefruit League records: Marlins 4-2; Mets 6-2. Up next: There will be a lot of attention in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Tuesday, when Johan Santana makes his first start of the spring. The former Cy Young Award winner, who is recovering from elbow surgery, last pitched in a game in August. The Mets will play host to the Astros at 1:10 p.m. ET. Houston is going with Brett Myers.
At Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter on Tuesday, a packed house is anticipated as the Red Sox make a visit to take on the Marlins at 1:05 p.m. Tim Wakefield gets the nod for Boston. Anibal Sanchez, who was groomed in the Red Sox's system, will start for Florida.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.