LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Kirk Nieuwenhuis keyed the Mets' offensive attack with a four-hit performance that included a first-inning RBI single off Wandy Rodriguez in Wednesday's 8-2 win over the Braves.
Mets manager Terry Collins stressed the importance of Nieuwenhuis' need for a big spring after the game.
"I thought he had a good day," Collins said. "It was good for him. He's fighting for a big spot on this club. He's out of options, so it was nice to see him have a big day."
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.