Cards 11, Mets 4: Farmhands roughed up

March, 26, 2013
3/26/13
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Kirk Nieuwenhuis makes a diving catch during Tuesday's game.


PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The St. Louis Cardinals roughed up several Mets farmhands en route to an 11-4 win Tuesday at Tradition Field after Jeremy Hefner was forced to leave Tuesday's game with an elbow bruise.

Randy Fontanez, a 27th-round pick in 2011 from South Florida, failed to retire any of the seven batters he faced. He surrendered a grand slam to Pete Kozma and was charged with five earned runs on four hits and three walks.

Yadier Molina belted a two-run homer against Chase Huchingson and ex-Met Rob Johnson went deep against Dylan Owen.

Armando Rodriguez did contribute two no-hit innings.

Lucas Duda went 3-for-4 with four RBIs, lifting his Grapefruit League average to .302 despite a slow start. Duda produced his fifth homer.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.299 9 52 70
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 23
RBIL. Duda 69
RD. Murphy 70
OPSL. Duda .841
WB. Colon 11
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.48
SOZ. Wheeler 148