By Mike Steffanos
Mets 10 - Marlins 6
Jose Lima isn't exactly forcing his way into the Mets plans this season, but it looked good for a while today. After starting off with 3 scoreless innings, Lima got touched up for a 4-spot in the fourth. He gave up 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3. Royce Ring followed and gave up a solo home run in 2 innings. Heath Bell and Matt Perisho followed with scoreless innings. Perisho is making a strong case for himself as the lefty specialist. Fortunato pitched the ninth and gave up a run on 2 hits.
David Wright had a 3-run homer in 4 ABs, while Xavier Nady, Paul Lo Duca and Tike Redman had 2 hit games for the Mets. I hate to admit it, but Nady is doing a good job in retaining his advantage for the RF job.
Braves 11 - Mets 7
The squad that traveled to face the Braves didn't fare quite as well. Starter John Maine got tattooed for 6 runs in the first. If you like your glass half full, he did pitch a scoreless second before exiting. Alay Soler was worse, giving up 5 runs (4 earned) in an inning and a third. On a happier note, Juan Perez, Mitch Wylie and Anderson Garcia held Atlanta scoreless the rest of the way.
The Mets offense managed to stage a late rally after being blanked for 3 innings by starter Kyle Davies. Juan Tejeda and Lastings Milledge had 3-hit games. Prospect Carlos Gomez had 2 hits, including a triple, and 2 RBIs. Ramon Castro added a single and solo home run to the cause.
The Mets will travel to Fort Lauderdale tomorrow to face the Orioles. Steve Trachsel will start for the Mets. Darren Oliver and Tim LaVigne will follow.