The New York Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals by the score of 7-2 on Friday afternoon. The game took place at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Florida. It was the last game in Port St. Lucie for the Mets this year. They have one more road exhibition in Florida and then will head home for the opener at Citi Field on Monday against the San Diego Padres. Matt Harvey started for the Mets and pitched well and the bullpen was pretty good. Daniel Murphy had a couple of hits to lead the Mets offense.
Harvey pitched four innings winning the game. He gave up three hits and no runs with two walks and four strikeouts. LaTroy Hawkins pitched an inning giving up two hits and two runs with a walk, Brandon Lyon pitched an inning giving up two hits and a walk and Scott Rice pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout. Scott Atchison pitched a perfect inning and Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect inning striking out the sides.
Mike Baxter had a hit, Murphy had two hits and Ike Davis had a hit and drew two walks. Marlon Byrd had a hit and drew a walk, Lucas Duda had a hit and an RBI and John Buck had a hit, an RBI and drew two walks. Ruben Tejada had a hit, three RBI and drew a walk, Colin Cowgill had a hit and two RBI, Byrd and Tejada each hit a double. Cowgill hit a homerun and the Mets were 3-9 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base. Baxter had a stolen base.
Jake Westbrook took the loss pitching four innings giving up five hits and four runs with four walks and two strikeouts. Marc Rzepczynski pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up two hits and three runs with a walk, Randy Choate gave up a hit without recording an out and Joe Kelly pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up a hit and a walk with a strikeout. Ramon Delgado pitched two innings striking out three.
Jon Jay had two hits, Shane Robinson drew a walk and Matt Holliday had a hit. Adron Chambers had a hit and two RBI, Yadier Molina drew two walks and Tony Cruz had a hit. Pete Kozma had a hit, Ryan Jackson had a hit and Ty Wigginton drew a walk. Jay, Chambers and Jackson each hit a double and the Cardinals were 1-10 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base. Chambers had an outfield assist.
Tejada hit a two run double and Cowgill a two run homerun in the fourth inning. In the fifth St. Louis scored two runs to make it a 4-2 game. Chambers hit a two run double but then the Mets came back and scored three runs in the bottom of the inning to complete the scoring. Duda hit an RBI single, Buck had an RBI walk and Tejada hit a sacrifice fly. The final was 7-2 Mets.
The Mets record improved to 15-14 on the spring and the Cardinals record dropped to 16-15 on the spring. The Mets will play one final exhibition game on Saturday afternoon at the Baltimore Orioles.
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