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N.Y. Mets (13-13)1010002004120

Cardinals 11, Mets 4

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Adam Wainwright got the final tuneup he was hoping for while Jeremy Hefner had to make an abrupt exit.

Wainwright, set to start on opening day for St. Louis, pitched six strong innings as the Cardinals topped the New York Mets 11-4 on Tuesday.

Pete Kozma hit a grand slam and Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer for the Cardinals.

"Early I was a little jumpy and I tried to make adjustments from there and let it come out naturally, didn't try to create any extra velocity there, I just tried to pitch," Wainwright said.

"I know that when the lights turn on - the big league excitement - I'll have to battle that same thing and the ball will be coming out probably a little hotter, so it was a good practice really," he said.

The Cardinals open Monday at Arizona.

Wainwright allowed two runs and seven hits, struck out three and walked one.

Cardinals pitching coach Derek Lilliquist gave Wainwright the option to come out of the game after the fifth. Wainwright wanted to throw more than the 85 pitches he had up to that point.

"I really wanted to get in the 90s today," said Wainwright, who threw 97 pitches. "I want to be comfortable going into the 100-pitch count range going into that first day and I think now I definitely will be."

Mets starter Jeremy Hefner received a scare in the top of the fourth when he was hit on his pitching elbow by a one-hopper off the bat of Carlos Beltran.

Hefner immediately left the game with a bruised right elbow. X-rays were negative and he was listed as day-to-day.

Hefner had given up two runs and five hits in the first three innings.

Mets manager Terry Collins said Hefner will be the team's No. 4 starter behind Jonathon Niese, Matt Harvey and Dillon Gee, and that the final spot is a question mark.

"Well, we've got to figure out not only who the fifth starter is and where do we set him up, where is he going to fit," Collins said. "We're going to go with four guys in the first five days because we don't need a fifth starter until (April) 7th, so we have to figure out where he fits best and who he is."

Jon Jay had three hits and Rob Johnson had a two-run homer.

Lucas Duda drove in all four Mets runs with a homer, double and single.

NOTES: Mets 3B David Wright (strained intercostal muscle) played in his first minor league game since returning from the World Baseball Classic. He went 1 for 5 and scored a run against Cardinals' Triple-A and Double-A pitchers. ... LF Matt Holliday was scratched from the Cardinals' lineup just before the game due to tightness in his left side. ... Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano has agreed to remain in the organization and will start the season in the minor leagues. ... Mets CF prospect Matt den Dekker was diagnosed with a fractured right wrist and will be in a cast for six weeks.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

L. Duda
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
St. Louis

Y. Molina
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jon Jay, CF4030000 .291
   a- Thomas Pham, PH-CF1000000 .000
Matt Carpenter, 3B3012011 .333
   b- Jake Lemmerman, PH-SS1000000 .000
Allen Craig, 1B4000004 .298
    Ty Wigginton, 1B1000000 .125
Carlos Beltran, RF2110201 .250
    Adron Chambers, PR-LF^RF1100000 .232
Yadier Molina, C3222103 .476
    Rob Johnson, C1111000 .214
Oscar Taveras, LF-RF4110004 .306
   c- Carson Kelly, PH-3B1110000 .333
Daniel Descalso, 2B3101101 .339
    Greg Garcia, SS-2B1011000 .200
Pete Kozma, SS4114000 .339
    Nick Greenwood, P0000000 .000
    Maikel Cleto, P0000000 .000
   d- Matt Adams, PH1000001 .310
    Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
Adam Wainwright, P2210100 .500
    Ryan Jackson, 2B-3B^LF1010000 .174
Totals3811141151  
a-lined out for Jay in the 8th
b-grounded out for M. Carpenter in the 8th
c-doubled for Taveras in the 9th
d-grounded out for Cleto in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jon Jay (5, Fontanez), Carson Kelly (1, Owen), Adam Wainwright (1, Hefner)
HR - Yadier Molina (1, Huchingson), Rob Johnson (2, Owen), Pete Kozma (3, Fontanez)
SF - Matt Carpenter (1)
RBI - Matt Carpenter 2 (7), Yadier Molina 2 (8), Rob Johnson (5), Daniel Descalso (6), Greg Garcia (3), Pete Kozma 4 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Rob Johnson (1), Greg Garcia (3)
SB - Carlos Beltran (1, 2nd base off Fontanez/Buck)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - G. Garcia-Jackson-Wigginton
E - Daniel Descalso (3, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Adam Wainwright (W,3-1) 6722130 3.00
Nick Greenwood (H,1) 1.1422111 13.50
Maikel Cleto (H,3) 0.2000120 1.35
Marc Rzepczynski 1100010 3.12
HBP - Buck (by Adam Wainwright)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 37-32, Nick Greenwood 17-10, Maikel Cleto 10-6, Marc Rzepczynski 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 7-9, Nick Greenwood 1-1, Marc Rzepczynski 2-0
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 28, Nick Greenwood 8, Maikel Cleto 3, Marc Rzepczynski 4
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordany Valdespin, 2B4110012 .322
    Daniel Muno, 2B0000100 .000
Justin Turner, 3B4010003 .302
    Richard Lucas, 1B1000013 .000
Ike Davis, 1B3000111 .319
    Cory Vaughn, LF1000013 .500
Marlon Byrd, RF3120002 .333
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
    Chase Huchingson, P0000000 .000
   a- Zach Lutz, PH-3B2110000 .310
Lucas Duda, LF4134001 .302
    Hamilton Bennett, P0000000 .000
    Darrell Ceciliani, CF1010000 .667
John Buck, C2000002 .290
    Anthony Recker, C2000011 .346
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF4010023 .077
    Dylan Owen, P0000000 .000
   b- Landon Powell, PH1000001 .207
Omar Quintanilla, SS3000000 .227
   c- Matthew Reynolds, PH-SS10100001.000
Jeremy Hefner, P1000000 .000
    Randy Fontanez, P0000000 .000
    Armando Rodriguez, P10100001.000
    Mike Baxter, RF1000101 .186
Totals39412437  
a-doubled for Huchingson in the 7th
b-grounded out for Owen in the 9th
c-singled for Quintanilla in the 8th
Batting
2B - Marlon Byrd (7, Wainwright), Zach Lutz (3, Greenwood), Lucas Duda (4, Wainwright)
HR - Lucas Duda (5, Greenwood)
RBI - Lucas Duda 4 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Lucas Duda 4 (9)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Davis-Quintanilla-Hefner, Muno-Lucas
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Hefner 3522000 3.47
Randy Fontanez (BS,1; L,0-1)0455301 0.00
Armando Rodriguez 2000100 0.00
LaTroy Hawkins 1000010 0.00
Chase Huchingson 1122101 18.00
Hamilton Bennett 1100000 0.00
Dylan Owen 1322001 6.75
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Hefner 13-13, Randy Fontanez 16-4, Armando Rodriguez 10-6, LaTroy Hawkins 5-5, Chase Huchingson 9-4, Hamilton Bennett 3-3, Dylan Owen 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Hefner 5-3, LaTroy Hawkins 1-1, Hamilton Bennett 1-1, Dylan Owen 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Hefner 13, Randy Fontanez 7, Armando Rodriguez 7, LaTroy Hawkins 3, Chase Huchingson 5, Hamilton Bennett 3, Dylan Owen 6
Game Information
Attendance - 6149
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Chris Conroy