PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Mark Little's two-run homer in the
ninth inning helped Florida survive New York's comeback in the home
half and gave the Marlins an 11-9 victory over the Mets on Friday
Trailing by seven, the Mets rallied for five runs with two out
in the bottom of the ninth. Miguel Cairo hit an RBI single and
Chris Woodward delivered a grand slam before the Marlins escaped.
"It was important in the spring, against that team, to show
we're not going to give in," Woodward said. "We'll fight to the
The Marlins took command in the seventh inning, scoring five
runs against Mets right-hander Bartolome Fortunato to snap a 2-all
tie. Carlos Delgado capped the surge with a two-run homer, his
fourth of the spring.
Juan Encarnacion put the Marlins ahead for good with a two-run
single and Miguel Cabrera added an RBI double before Delgado went
deep. Matt Treanor finished off the scoring an RBI single off Juan
Padila for an 8-2 lead.
Luis Castillo opened the scoring with his first homer of the
spring, a shot over the left-field wall off left-handed reliever
Mike Matthews in the third inning.
The Mets tied the score at 2 in the fifth inning when Eric
Valent hit a two-run homer off Matt Perisho.
After Florida's six-run seventh, Mike DeFelice had an RBI single
and Jose Reyes an RBI triple to bring the Mets to within 8-4.
Cabrera's fourth homer of the spring in the eighth inning put
the Marlins ahead 9-4.