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LAKELAND, Fla. -- Relievers Jeurys Familia and Dario Alvarez each threw wild pitches with a runner on third base in the eighth inning and the Detroit Tigers beat the Mets 6-4 Saturday at Joker Marchant Stadium.
The Mets (10-9) had a four-game winning streak snapped.
Familia had inherited the bases loaded and one out from prospect Chasen Bradford in the seventh and struck out back-to-back batters. An inning later, however, he faltered.
John Mayberry Jr. had tied the score at 4 with an RBI double in the seventh.
Bradford surrendered three runs (two earned) in the sixth, during an inning that included a fielding error by 19-year-old shortstop phenom Amed Rosario.
The Mets had produced two runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings against Tigers ace David Price.
Mets prospect Steven Matz allowed one run in 2 2/3 innings. He was demoted to minor league camp after the game.
Second-base watch: Danny Muno contributed an RBI single and finished 2-for-4 in an audition for the second-base job if Daniel Murphy (hamstring) opens the season on the DL.
Manager Terry Collins pledged to give Matt Reynolds a chance to start on Sunday against the New York Yankees at second base.
General manager Sandy Alderson labeled Reynolds and Muno the contenders for the Opening Day assignment at the position if Murphy requires a season-opening DL stint.
Collins also threw Ruben Tejada's name into the mix Saturday, but the general manager's omission of Tejada a day earlier was telling.
“We’ll wait to see what the prognosis is on Murphy in a few days,” Collins said.
Ouch: First baseman Alex Castellanos departed the game after rolling his right ankle and colliding with baserunner Jason Krizan in the sixth inning. Castellanos had reached into the runner for an offline throw from catcher Johnny Monell on Krizan’s bunt.
Castellanos limped through the outfield toward the visitors’ clubhouse with an escort from assistant trainer Brian Chicklo immediately afterward. Aderlin Rodriguez replaced Castellanos at first base.
“He rolled it, and then he got stepped on,” Collins said.
The Mets labeled Castellanos’ injury a bruised right foot.
It has been a rough camp injury-wise for the versatile Castellanos, a former Los Angeles Dodger. He was hit in the right hand by a pitch from Tigers right-hander Luke Putkonen in Port St. Lucie on March 6. X-rays were negative then, but Castellanos subsequently had the hand wrapped for a few days.
Volunteer work: Lucas Duda was supposed to DH in a minor league intrasquad game Sunday in Port St. Lucie, but he asked to make the two-hour, 25-minute bus ride to Lakeland.
Duda reasoned that if he needs to improve against left-handed pitching in order to convince Collins to make him the full-time first baseman, he might as well face Price.
“He said if I’m going to face lefties, I might as well face the best there is,” Collins said. “I thought that was a great idea. That’s why we brought him.”
Duda struck out twice and singled against Price as the DH.
Duda hit .180 (20-for-111) against left-handed pitching in 2014. Similar struggles this season would prompt Michael Cuddyer to chip away at Duda’s playing time at first base against southpaws.
What’s next: It’s the spring-training version of the Subway Series. CC Sabathia and the Yankees visit on Sunday for a 1:10 p.m. game (SNY/WOR). Matt Harvey makes his fourth Grapefruit League start. The Mets want Harvey to increase his pitch count to 75. The Mets will return the favor and visit the Yankees in Tampa on Wednesday.
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