Cantu starts late scoring barrage

Cantu starts late scoring barrage

Marlins 7, Mets 5
at Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Mets at the plate David Wright's two-run single in the third inning scored Gustavo Molina and Endy Chavez. Molina, the fourth catcher on the depth chart, had two singles. Carlos Delgado hit a bases-loaded two-run single in the seventh and Jose Reyes added an RBI single in the eighth.

Marlins at the plate: A double by Jorge Cantu was the lone extra-base hit the Marlins produced in the first five innings. Cantu hit a three-run homer off Nelson Figueroa in the sixth. Mike Jacobs added a two-run shot in the seventh.

Mets on the mound: Right-handed rookie Robert Parnell, 23, allowed three hits and a walk in his five innings during his second appearance in a big beague exhibition game. He struck out five. Figueroa's chances, slims as they were, for a meaningful role on the big league team, were damaged by Cantu's home run. Joe Smith allowed three runs on two hits, both of which were by left-handed batters.

Marlins on the mound: Ricky Nolasco was responsible for the first five innings, allowing seven hits, two walks and two runs.

Up next for the Mets: Disney will list to the left on Thursday. The Mets are sending left-handed pitchers Oliver Perez and Scott Schoeneweis to the Happiest Place on Earth to face the Braves in a 1:05 p.m. ET start. Perez allowed four home runs to the Indians in his most recent start last week. Thursday's start will be his final apprearance in an exhibition game before he faces the Marlins in the third game of the regular season. Right-handed Charlie Morton is scheduled to start for the Braves.

Up next for the Marlins: Right-handed Rick VandenHurk, likely to start against the Mets in the second game of the season, is scheduled to make his final start of the spring on Thursday when the Marlins play the Cardinals in Jupiter at 1:05 P.M. It's a home game for the Cardinals. Kyle Lohse is scheduled to start for St. Louis.

Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.