Cards 7, Mets 1: 0-3 in Grapefruit play

March, 2, 2014
Mar 2
JUPITER, Fla. -- Danny Muno's eighth-inning infield single plated Brandon Nimmo with the Mets' lone run in a 7-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday at Roger Dean Stadium. The Mets dropped to 0-3 in Grapefruit League play.

The major damage came in a four-run sixth, with all of the runs charged to lefty reliever Jack Leathersich. Two of the runs scored against Leathersich (0.2 IP, 3 H, 1 BB) came home after Joel Carreño relieved him.

Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jose Valverde and Logan Verrett allowed single runs Sunday.

The Mets produced only four hits for the second straight day.

Curtis Granderson had a first-inning double as the Mets loaded the bases with two outs against Michael Wacha. But Brandon Allen grounded out to strand three. Earlier in the inning, with one out and two in scoring position, Ike Davis struck out on three pitches against Wacha.

Besides Granderson's double, the other hits came on singles by Eric Campbell, Nimmo and Muno.

What's next: The Mets travel to ESPN's Wide World of Sports on Monday to face the Atlanta Braves. Top prospect Noah Syndergaard makes his Grapefruit League debut opposite Freddy Garcia. Closer Craig Kimbrel, who signed a four-year, $42 million extension this month, also is scheduled to pitch for the Braves. Also on the Mets' pitching list: Jacob deGrom, Miguel Socolovich, Gonzalez Germen, Josh Edgin and Jeff Walters.
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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