New York 7, Atlanta 6

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Ramon Castro is embracing his new
role as the New York Mets' backup catcher.

Castro hit a one-out homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to
give the Mets a 7-6 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday.

Castro appears to have earned the backup role to Mike Piazza,
who hit his first homer of the spring, after the Mets traded Jason
Phillips to the Dodgers for Kazuhisa Ishii on Sunday.

"I've still got to keep playing hard, no matter what, because I
can really help them with my defense," Castro said.

Braves starter Tim Hudson pitched four scoreless innings in his
return after missing a start with a stiff back. Hudson allowed only
three hits and did not walk a batter.

Tom Glavine didn't fare as well for the Mets, allowing six runs
and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings. The left-hander gave up two home
runs to Wilson Betemit and another to Ryan Langerhans.

"I was bound to have a bad one (start) sooner or later, I
guess, but I don't like having it all at once," Glavine said.
"Part of the process down here is reacquainting yourself with
making pitches when you're a little bit tired. I certainly have
something to work on."

Castro connected on a 1-1 slider off Atlanta reliever Chris
Mears. The ball barely cleared the left-center field fence, giving
the Mets their 12th win in 19 spring games.

"I was running fast because I didn't think it was going to go
out," Castro said. "The wind was blowing a little bit out, and I
was thankful for that."

Victor Diaz hit a three-run homer in the third, and Piazza
homered off Gabe White to cut Atlanta's lead to 6-5 in the sixth

New York infielder Jeff Keppinger tied it at 6 in the bottom of
the eight with a run-scoring single.

Game notes
The Mets also won in their last at-bat on Sunday, when Eric
Valent hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the
Mets a 10-9 victory. ... Cliff Floyd received congratulatory
greetings in the Mets clubhouse after returning from Toronto
following the birth of his son. The left fielder played for the
first time in a week and went 3-for-3, all singles, and stole a
base against Atlanta. ... Kaz Matsui missed another game with
discomfort in his upper back, but Mets manager Willie Randolph said
he wasn't concerned and that the second baseman could have played
... Fashion designer Joseph Abboud was a guest of Mets owner Fred
Wilpon on Tuesday. The Boston-based Abboud said, "Of course, I'm a
big Red Sox fan, but I like the Mets, too. We both share a blood
hatred of the Yankees."