at Jupiter, Fla.
Tuesday, March 30
Cardinals at the plate: Ryan Ludwick stayed torrid with a two-run homer in two at-bats, and Matt Holliday drilled two home runs to straightaway center. Both of Holliday's long balls hit off the batter's eye behind the center-field wall, with one of them striking the screen nearly three-quarters of the way up. Brendan Ryan had two hits, including a home run, and Allen Craig singled and doubled.Mets at the plate: Jason Bay smoked a mammoth home run and also drew a walk, scoring twice. Daniel Murphy was 2-for-2 with a walk, but otherwise it was a fairly quiet day for the Mets' bats. Alex Cora walked and scored, and Fernando Tatis drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Mets on the mound: Oliver Perez had a very rocky start. Perez allowed seven runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings, walking two and surrendering three home runs. He has an 8.66 ERA this spring. Elmer Dessens and Sean Green were both effective in relief, however, Dessens allowed two hits in 1 2/3 shutout innings, and Green permitted one hit in two scoreless. Neither issued a walk.Worth noting: The win ensured that the Cardinals will finish with a winning record in Grapefruit League play. They have not had a losing record in Spring Training since 2003. Grapefruit League records: Cardinals 14-11; Mets 13-13 Up next: The Mets have another home game on Wednesday, hosting the Marlins live on MLB.TV in a 1:10 p.m. ET game at Digital Domain Park. Nelson Figueroa will start for New York, while Murphy looks to keep his momentum going. After a 2-for-23 slump, Murphy appears to be finding his stroke. He has back-to-back two-hit games. Josh Johnson will pitch for Florida.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.