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New York at St. Louis

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N.Y. Mets (12-12) «00001260110111
St. Louis (12-14)1122001007141

Mets 10, Cardinals 7

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JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - After spending almost five years in the U.S. Navy, simply being on the mound at Roger Dean Stadium was exhilarating for Cardinals pitcher Mitch Harris - even if the results were disappointing.

Harris gave up a pair of two-run homers and took the loss as a New York Mets split squad beat St. Louis 10-7 on Sunday.

St. Louis played with a short-handed lineup. Third baseman David Freese was a late scratch after experiencing tightness in his back. Right fielder Carlos Beltran, battling a sore toe, went 1 for 5 in a minor league game.

Jon Jay was 3 for 3 with two RBIs for the Cardinals.

Jamie Hoffmann and Zach Lutz each hit a two-run homer off the 27-year-old Harris, selected by St. Louis out of the Naval Academy in the 13th round of the 2008 draft. He had been unable to play for the organization because of his military service obligation.

"It was one of those things where, if you had told me this (would happen) two or three years ago, I wouldn't have believed you," Harris said. "It's one of those learning experiences. You get humbled real quickly, but it's good. It's definitely going to jumpstart another whole level of work ethic to get where I want to be."

With the Cardinals leading 6-5 in the seventh inning, "Anchors Away" began playing over the stadium sound system when Harris took the mound to throw his warmup pitches.

"I heard it while I was out there," said Harris, who served on ships in the Middle East and off the coast of South America, among other places, and now expects to start the season in extended spring training.

"That's not a bad intro at all. It kind of puts things in perspective for you when you are out there."

Prior to the right-hander's first pitch, public address announcer John Frost introduced "Lieutenant Mitch Harris" to generous applause from the red-clad crowd.

"I got a big smile out of that," Harris said. "It means so much to me what this organization has kind of embraced. It's good to embrace that because that is something I am very proud of. I just wanted to have a little better first appearance, obviously."

New York didn't treat Harris nearly as well. Hoffmann greeted him with a two-run homer that gave the Mets a 7-6 lead. After retiring Travis d'Arnaud on a grounder, Harris walked Mike Baxter before allowing his second two-run homer, this one to Lutz.

Afterward, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny noted that he would have preferred to use Harris in a less stressful situation.

"I was real happy we got him in there," Matheny said. "He and we pictured it turning out differently - better for him. We don't know how his career is going to unfold but I can't image having many more rewarding moments in your life than having a group of more than 6,000 people honor you and for him to be on the big league field."

The Cardinals scored at least one run in each of the first four innings to mount a 6-0 lead on a windy South Florida afternoon.

Mets pitcher Aaron Laffey struggled a bit in his first start of the spring, allowing four runs and five hits in three innings. The runs were the first allowed by the left-hander this spring.

Laffey worked as both a starter and reliever for Toronto last season. After the game, he was reassigned to minor league camp.

"The first two innings I wasn't real comfortable, just kind of dropping on my back leg," Laffey said. "The last inning I thought I threw the ball really well."

NOTES: Shelby Miller and Joe Kelly will take their competition for the No. 5 spot in St. Louis' rotation into Monday's game. Miller will start against Minnesota in Fort Myers, with Kelly set to follow out of the bullpen. ... Collin Cowgill had two hits for the Mets.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

M. Baxter
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
St. Louis

J. Jay
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordany Valdespin, 2B5110012 .333
Ruben Tejada, SS3000021 .089
    Josh Rodriguez, SS2000002 .250
Collin Cowgill, CF3120000 .309
    Darrell Ceciliani, CF2112010 .500
Lucas Duda, LF3000002 .265
    Jamie Hoffmann, LF2112010 .206
Travis d'Arnaud, C4111000 .343
    Justin Hampson, P0000000 .000
   a- Mike Wilson, PH-RF1000010 .000
Mike Baxter, RF3321200 .200
    Dylan Owen, P0000000 .000
Zach Lutz, 3B5123021 .308
Brian Bixler, 1B3011102 .297
Aaron Laffey, P0000000 .000
    Greg Burke, P0000000 .000
   b- Eric Campbell, PH1000000 .000
    Jeurys Familia, P0000000 .000
   c- Anthony Recker, PH-C1100111 .375
Totals3810111049  
a-struck out for Hampson in the 9th
b-grounded out for G. Burke in the 5th
c-walked for Familia in the 7th
Batting
2B - Collin Cowgill (4, Westbrook), Darrell Ceciliani (1, Choate), Mike Baxter (1, Westbrook), Brian Bixler (2, Harris)
HR - Jamie Hoffmann (2, Harris), Mike Baxter (1, Salas), Zach Lutz (1, Harris)
SH - Aaron Laffey (2)
RBI - Darrell Ceciliani 2 (2), Jamie Hoffmann 2 (7), Travis d'Arnaud (4), Mike Baxter (2), Zach Lutz 3 (9), Brian Bixler (8)
2-OUT RBI - Travis d'Arnaud (1), Mike Baxter (1), Zach Lutz 3 (6)
SB - Collin Cowgill (4, 2nd base off Westbrook/Molina)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Lutz-Valdespin-Bixler
E - Ruben Tejada (3, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Aaron Laffey 3644210 3.00
Greg Burke 1222210 4.76
Jeurys Familia (W,2-0) 2300120 2.38
Justin Hampson (H,1) 2311010 4.50
Dylan Owen (S,1) 1000100 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Laffey 26-17, Greg Burke 14-6, Jeurys Familia 19-14, Justin Hampson 11-11, Dylan Owen 7-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Laffey 4-4, Greg Burke 1-0, Jeurys Familia 2-2, Justin Hampson 2-2, Dylan Owen 1-2
Batters Faced - Aaron Laffey 17, Greg Burke 6, Jeurys Familia 10, Justin Hampson 8, Dylan Owen 4
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jon Jay, CF3132200 .255
Matt Carpenter, 2B3100203 .345
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
    Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
Matt Holliday, LF3120100 .256
    Adron Chambers, PR-LF1000010 .250
Allen Craig, 1B4122013 .326
    Matt Adams, 1B1010000 .308
Yadier Molina, C3121011 .444
    Rob Johnson, C2010001 .192
Shane Robinson, RF4000107 .434
Pete Kozma, SS3122001 .352
    Patrick Wisdom, 3B2000001 .083
Greg Garcia, 3B-SS5000024 .174
Jake Westbrook, P3000002 .000
    Sam Freeman, P0000000 .000
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
    Mitch Harris, P0000000 .000
    Maikel Cleto, P0000000 .000
   a- Ty Wigginton, PH1110000 .114
    Luis Mateo, 2B0000000 .000
   b- Oscar Taveras, PH1000001 .270
Totals39714765  
a-doubled for Cleto in the 7th
b-grounded out for Mateo in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jon Jay (4, Hampson), Allen Craig (2, G. Burke), Yadier Molina (2, Laffey), Pete Kozma 2 (5, Laffey, Laffey), Ty Wigginton (2, Hampson)
RBI - Jon Jay 2 (5), Allen Craig 2 (11), Yadier Molina (6), Pete Kozma 2 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Jon Jay 2 (2), Allen Craig 2 (4), Yadier Molina (3), Pete Kozma 2 (3)
SB - Jon Jay (3, 2nd base off Laffey/d'Arnaud), Shane Robinson (4, 2nd base off Familia/d'Arnaud)
CS - Jon Jay 2 (4, 2nd base by G. Burke/d'Arnaud, 2nd base by Familia/d'Arnaud)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
PB - Rob Johnson (2)
E - Pete Kozma (3, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jake Westbrook 6532230 3.60
Sam Freeman (H,1) 0.1122100 27.00
Randy Choate0111000 5.06
Mitch Harris (BS,1; L,0-1) 0.1333102 81.00
Maikel Cleto 0.1000010 1.50
Edward Mujica 1000020 9.90
Fernando Salas 1111031 2.16
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Westbrook 40-30, Sam Freeman 6-2, Randy Choate 1-1, Mitch Harris 8-4, Maikel Cleto 3-3, Edward Mujica 7-7, Fernando Salas 10-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Westbrook 11-5, Mitch Harris 1-0
Batters Faced - Jake Westbrook 26, Sam Freeman 3, Randy Choate 1, Mitch Harris 5, Maikel Cleto 1, Edward Mujica 3, Fernando Salas 4
Game Information
Attendance - 6496
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Chris Conroy, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Sean Barber