at Jupiter, Fla.
Sunday, March 14
Mets at the plate: Luis Castillo doubled in the first inning, and Jason Bay delivered a one-out triple in the fourth inning. In both innings, when New York had runners in scoring position with less than two outs, but it was unable to score. The Mets threatened in the sixth inning, after Castillo's single and a walk to David Wright. The inning ended, however, when Daniel Murphy bounced into a 1-6-3 double play. Marlins shortstop Donnie Murphy made a leaping grab on the throw to turn the slick DP.Marlins at the plate: Three two-out doubles highlighted a five-run fifth inning. Mike Lamb's pinch-hit two-run double opened the scoring. Chris Coghlan and Hanley Ramirez added RBI doubles. A two-out walk by John Maine to Jai Miller started the big inning. Until the fifth, the Marlins were limited to three hits and no runs in four innings by Johan Santana. Bryan Petersen had a single and double, and Wes Helms added a single. Those were the three hits off Santana.
Mets on the mound: Santana shook off a rusty first outing and was on the mark Sunday, throwing four shutout innings and striking out four. He allowed three hits and threw 32 of his 45 pitches for strikes. In relief, John Maine issued a two-out walk to Miller in the fifth inning, and the inning began to unravel on him. The right-hander allowed five runs on five hits with three walks, and he threw 37 pitches (18 pitches) in two-thirds of an inning.Marlins on the mound: Anibal Sanchez improved his chances of securing a rotation spot by throwing four shutout innings. The right-hander, who entered with a 10.38 ERA in two Grapefruit League starts, struck out three and walked two. He threw 53 pitches, with 33 for strikes. Seth McClung tossed an inning of scoreless relief, striking out two. Worth noting: Francisco Rodriguez, who has been battling a case of pink eye, will make his Grapefruit League debut Monday against the Cardinals. Santana had one at-bat Sunday, grounding out to first. ... The Marlins won a "B" game against the Mets on Sunday morning. In the 7-0 win, Mike Stanton went 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBIs. Vinny Rottino belted a home run. Grapefruit League records: Marlins 7-4; Mets 7-6 Up next: The Mets return to Port St. Lucie on Monday to face the Cardinals at 1:05 p.m. ET in a game airing on MLB.TV. Under evaluation is New York's fifth starter spot, with Fernando Nieve in competition with Jonathan Niese. Nieve will start, and both are slated to pitch.
The Marlins play host to the Twins at Roger Dean Stadium on Monday at 1:05 p.m. Chris Volstad, seeking to secure a rotation spot, will start for Florida. Lefty Francisco Liriano will throw for Minnesota.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less