PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets' Spring Training continued to move in different directions on Monday, when they split two games with the Marlins. Dillon Gee pitched brilliantly in a "B" game victory in the morning; Bartolo Colon less so in the varsity game in the afternoon. The Marlins scored three times in the fourth inning against the veteran and defeated the Mets, 11-1, for their seventh victory against three losses.
The Mets scored seven runs in the eighth inning on Sunday but could not duplicate that on Monday. A lineup aligned as it may be come Opening Day loaded the bases with none out in the first inning against left-hander Brad Hand, but Curtis Granderson, Josh Satin and Travis d'Arnaud struck out.
Colon, making his first game appearance for the Mets, allowed a hit in the first and another baserunner in the third, when shortstop Ruben Tejada committed an error -- his fourth in his past three games.
The Marlins broke through in the fourth, with Ed Lucas tripling in two runs and Jake Marisnick driving in Lucas with a groundout. The Fish scored twice more in the seventh, when Giancarlo Stanton rocketed a two-run homer against rookie Jack Leathersich. The home run followed a foul ball that had been hit significantly farther.
A four-run eighth, highlighted by Derek Dietrich's two-run homer, capped the scoring for the Marlins.
Colon wasn't displeased with his workday. He described it as "meaningful," as he was better able to locate his pitches, a critical aspect of his work. Given how he pitches, relying on movement and changing speeds, he had no problem facing a team the Mets will play often once the season begins. Younger pitchers often prefer not to face teams too often in Spring Training and early in the season.
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.