Arroyo lifts Mets past Braves

Arroyo lifts Mets past Braves

at Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Braves at the plate: Corky Miller walked with the bases loaded to drive in the Braves' first run, in the fourth inning. Miller finished with two RBIs. Martin Prado reached base four times, scoring two runs.

Mets at the plate: Raul Casanova, the reserve catcher if Ramon Castro doesn't return before Opening Day, hit a home run off Tim Hudson in the third inning. The home run was the Mets' 13th, by far the fewest among National League teams. Carlos Beltran finished with two runs scored. Rafael Arroyo drove in the winning run in the ninth inning with an opposite-field single.

Braves on the mound: Hudson, in his final start of the spring, allowed three runs, one earned, in 3 1/3 innings. He walked two, struck out two and allowed a home run, the first he has allowed. Former Mets reliever Ring was undone by poor defense before he was replaced by Rafael Soriano.

Mets on the mound: Jonathon Niese pitched into the fifth inning, allowing two hits and two runs and walking six. Ivan Maldonado replaced him and allowed two runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings.

Grapefruit League records: Mets 18-9-1; Braves 13-13-2.

Up next for the Braves: Right-hander Jeff Bennett, the one-time Brewer, who is to be the Braves' long reliever and spot starter, is to make his second exhibition game start when he faces the Nationals in Orlando at 1:05 p.m. ET. He has produced a 2.70 ERA in 10 innings this spring.

Up next for the Mets: With Pedro Martinez pitching against Minor Leaguers on Wednesday morning -- the Mets didn't consider it wise to have him face the team he will in the season's second game -- they will start one of their more highly-regarded Minor League pitchers against the Marlins in the afternoon. Bobby Parnell, 23 and right-handed, will start in the 1:10 p.m. game, the Mets' final home game of the exhibition season.

Marty Noble is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.