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Cards 11, Mets 4: Farmhands roughed up

3/26/2013
Brad Barr/USA TODAY Sports

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.