at Jupiter, Fla.
Friday, March 26
Mets at the plate: David Wright led off the third inning with a home run, his fourth of the spring, to center field for one of his three RBIs on the day. Three batters into the first inning, the Mets had a two-run lead. Angel Pagan doubled to lead off, and after Luis Castillo walked, Wright delivered a two-run double. Daniel Murphy had a sacrifice fly, making it 3-0. In the second inning, Pagan had a sacrifice fly, scoring Alex Cora, who had singled. Cora added a home run in the fourth inning. Castillo's RBI single in the sixth inning pulled the Mets to within a run, 8-7. Jeff Francoeur's sacrifice fly in the seventh inning pulled the Mets even.Marlins at the plate: After falling behind by five, the Marlins posted eight runs in the third inning, sending 11 to the plate. Jorge Cantu had a pinch-hit RBI single. Chris Coghlan had a run-scoring triple. Cameron Maybin drove in a run with a single, and Hanley Ramirez had an RBI double. Hector Luna added a two-run double, while Bryan Petersen delivered a two-run single. Ramirez added his second double in the seventh inning, but he was stranded. Emilio Bonifacio had a triple in the eighth inning. Gaby Sanchez led off the 10th inning with a double, but pinch-runner Logan Morrison was tagged out at the plate on fielder's-choice grounder from Peterson.
Marlins on the mound: After Josh Johnson was scratched due to a stomach virus, Hayden Penn made the start. Penn gave up five runs in three innings, throwing 51 pitches. Seth McClung, competing for a bullpen spot as a non-roster invitee, gave up one run on three hits in two innings.Worth noting: Catcher John Baker is expected to start for Florida on Saturday, after Ronny Paulino was behind the plate on Friday. ... Outfielder Cody Ross, who has a sore right calf, may not appear in any more Grapefruit League games. The reason is because Friday is the retro day for players who may open the season on the disabled list. Ross is still expected to be ready for Opening Day, however, and he's set to be the designated hitter in a Minor League game on Saturday. . ... The Mets' two home runs on Friday gave them 30 in Spring Training. New York entered the day one shy of the Reds for the most in the National League this spring. Grapefruit League records: Marlins 11-11; Mets 12-10 Up next: Clay Hensley, expected to secure the fifth-starter role, gets the call for the Marlins on Saturday against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium at 1:05 p.m. ET. A non-roster invitee, Hensley can pretty much cement his spot in the rotation with a solid outing. The Cardinals are going with former Marlin Brad Penny.
The Mets take on the Nationals on Saturday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., at 1:10 p.m. ET in a game that will be streamed live on MLB.TV. It's basically a roll call of projected relievers. Lefty Hisanori Takahashi will make the start, and Francisco Rodriguez also is scheduled to pitch. Takahaski has not allowed a run in Grapefruit League play. He has struck out 10 in 8 1/3 innings.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.