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Figueroa's sterling outing highlights win

Figueroa's sterling outing highlights win

at Jupiter, Fla.
Friday, March 5

Mets at the plate: New York's 13 hits came from 10 different players, and 10 players either scored a run, drove in a run or both. Shawn Riggans picked up an RBI single in the seventh that scored Chris Coste, who had doubled for the go-ahead run in the seventh. Frank Catalanotto added a two-run triple in the ninth for insurance.

Cardinals at the plate: Colby Rasmus singled twice and drove in two runs, and Julio Lugo went 2-for-3 in the leadoff spot. In his first game of the spring, Matt Holliday had a single and two walks. Albert Pujols drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Mets on the mound: Starter Fernando Nieve held the Cardinals to one run on three hits with two walks over three innings. But Nelson Figueroa was the star, pitching four shutout innings to finish out the game and pick up the win. Figueroa struck out five against one walk, allowing one hit.

Cardinals on the mound: Brad Penny allowed three runs on six hits over two innings in his debut, but a few of those hits were bloops. He was better in his second inning than his first and finished with a strikeout and no walks. Lance Lynn pitched three perfect innings, striking out three. Mitchell Boggs struggled in his spring debut, giving up three runs on five hits in two innings.

Worth noting: The Cardinals went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position, including stranding two leadoff doubles.

Grapefruit League records: Mets 3-2; Cardinals 0-2.

Up next: Mike Pelfrey makes his first spring start for the Mets on Saturday against the Nationals at 1:05 p.m. ET in Viera, Fla. The Nationals have not yet named their pitcher. Pelfrey has been working on a soft splitter and has been pleased by its effect.

Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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