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Mets 10, Cards 4: Vaughn drives in 4

3/16/2014

JUPITER, Fla. -- Cory Vaughn produced a two-run homer against Adam Wainwright and finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs as a Mets split squad beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 10-4, Sunday at Roger Dean Stadium.

lastname Vaughn Vaughn, the son of former major leaguer Greg Vaughn, began spring training in big-league camp and was borrowed for this game from the minor-league side.

"I was talking to Murph before the game," Vaughn said, referring to Daniel Murphy. "He was just basically saying he throws a cutter, he throws a sinker, and he tries to get you off-balance. So basically just look right down the middle of the dish and be able to react to out or in. So that's what I did. And he threw me a sinker."

Jonathon Niese left the game after two innings with elbow discomfort and will be dispatched to New York for an MRI.

"Originally I was just told by the trainer that he was feeling a little bit of discomfort on some pitches," acting manager Bob Geren said. "And so he was just about to go out [for the third inning]. I kind of pulled him back in and asked him about it and just made more of a precautionary decision at that point, talking to the trainer, that it would be a wise decision to take him out and go from there."

Geren added that there had been no red flags.

"His velocity was actually pretty good. It was actually better than last time out," Geren said. "His curveball was kind of a mixed bag. He threw a couple that hung. He threw a couple that were really good."

Buddy Carlyle, also an addition from minor-league camp, replaced Niese and logged 2 1/3 innings. The lone run charged to Carlyle came when he departed with Randal Grichuk on third base and Kyle Farnsworth entered and surrendered a run-scoring single to Jhonny Peralta.

Carlyle, 36, pitched last season in Triple-A for the Toronto Blue Jays. He last appeared in the majors in 2011 with the Yankees.

Farnsworth, who is not projected to make the Opening Day bullpen, allowed two hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings. He has a March 23 contract out, so a resolution of his fate is expected in a week.

Meanwhile, Vic Black’s rocky spring training continued. He allowed three hits and a walk while surrendering one run in the eighth as St. Louis pulled within 6-4. Black has a 6.00 Grapefruit League ERA.

"Today wasn't that bad really," Geren said. "He got victimized a little bit today. I thought he threw a few close pitches that didn't go his way. I think it's something in his set-up, [coach] Ricky [Bones] was saying. He's making a few adjustments in his alignment, a couple of different things with his feet. The velocity is there. He looked a little frustrated his last couple of outings. But he finished the year so strong for us. He's got good stuff."

E-6: Ruben Tejada committed his fourth error, which ranks second in the Grapefruit League. Houston Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar leads with five errors.

Tejada lost the handle after fielding Matt Holliday’s routine third-inning grounder. Tejada did slickly initiate a double play later that frame.

"Honestly, he made two really good plays today, if you want to focus on the positive," Geren said. "The one ball scooted on him low -- Holliday's ball. It stayed down on him. What I did like is he stayed calm. He didn't panic. He went down and it just slipped out of his fingers. I was like, 'Aw, man, the guy can't catch a break.' And then he made a really nice play on the double play, and he dove to his right."

What’s next: After an early morning arrival by the contingent that played this weekend in Las Vegas, the Mets face the Miami Marlins on Monday at 1:05 p.m. in Jupiter (WOR 710 AM). John Lannan opposes right-hander Henderson Alvarez.

Lannan had been expected to open the season in the bullpen, but now should be a rotation consideration, along with Jenrry Mejia, if Niese opens the season on the disabled list.