Latos languishes in long inning; Morse homers twice

After slugger hits two-run shot in first, righty allows nine runs -- eight in second frame

Latos languishes in long inning; Morse homers twice

JUPITER, Fla. -- Jacob deGrom got off to a slow start on Monday, allowing a two-run homer to Michael Morse in the first inning. But things turned quickly as the Mets responded with an eight-run second inning, punctuated by Michael Cuddyer's solo home run.

The big outburst off Mat Latos enabled deGrom to settle and the Mets to coast to a 12-3 victory over the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium.

"Stinks that Mikey hits a two-run home run, and then turn around and I gave up eight runs in one inning and keep the defense out there," Latos said. "That's mostly why I'm [ticked] off, is keeping the defense out there. We can't score runs when I have the defense out there for about an hour."

After Latos breezed through the first inning on 14 pitches, everything unraveled for the right-hander in a 36-pitch second. The first eight New York batters reached safely. Cuddyer got the inning rolling with a leadoff single, and he blasted his fifth homer of the spring in his second at-bat of the frame.

New York has won six of seven, while Miami dropped its third straight.

In the big second inning, Daniel Muno -- who added a two-run homer in the sixth -- had an RBI triple. Anthony Recker drove in a run with the first of his three doubles on the day, and Ruben Tejada added a two-run double. deGrom even picked up a bunt single, legging out what was initially intended to be a sacrifice bunt. Juan Lagares had a run-scoring fielder's choice, and Curtis Granderson, who finished with three hits, added a run-scoring single.

The game started more promisingly for Miami. Martin Prado had a one-out single off deGrom, extending his hitting streak to seven games. With two outs, Morse belted a two-run homer, his third dinger of the spring. Morse added a solo shot in the sixth.

Latos' afternoon ended after three innings. He was charged with nine runs on eight hits. deGrom didn't allow a run after Morse's homer, and he struck out five in his four innings.

Up next: Tom Koehler, the likely fifth starter in the Marlins' rotation, will make his third Grapefruit League start and appear in his fourth game on Tuesday against the Red Sox (1:05 p.m. ET, Gameday Audio). Koehler is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in his first eight innings this spring. Boston will start lefty Henry Owens (0-2, 6.30). Miami has been going with most of its regulars of late, and Christian Yelich, who sat out Monday to rest a blister on his right palm, says he will play Tuesday.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.