- Associated Press - Sunday, March 23, 2014

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Curtis Granderson hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning and a New York Mets split-squad earned a 3-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

Granderson hit his third homer of the spring on the third pitch he saw from reliever Drew Storen, driving it over the fence in right field.

“I’m honestly not too sure,” Granderson said when asked what the pitch was. “I was just trying to get down and get a ball to drive. No ridiculous thought process or anything like that.

“He threw me three pitches, and honestly, all three were different.”

Giancarlo Alvarado earned the win in relief and Storen took the loss. Bobby Parnell earned the save.

Washington’s Tanner Roark allowed a run in 5 2-3 innings with five strikeouts.

Roark is competing with fellow right-handers Taylor Jordan and former Met Chris Young after Ross Detwiler was recently moved to the bullpen. Roark dazzled the coaching staff last Tuesday in Viera with a dominating performance in a minor-league game against a group of Detroit prospects.

“I felt like I could throw any pitch in any count. I’ve gone out there and competed and gotten outs. I feel like I’ve done pretty well,” Roark said.

The competition hinges on what develops with starter Doug Fister, who was shut down for 20 days after elbow inflammation surfaced following his Grapefruit League debut March 2 against Miami.

Fister, obtained from Detroit in the offseason, slots as the team’s No. 4 starter. He returned over the weekend with 3 2-3 innings of scoreless work against the Marlins on Saturday.

“It depends a little bit on Doug. We need to see how he reacts, but we’ll make those decisions after seeing how he feels and where we’re at,” said Williams, who added that Fister said Sunday morning he felt fine following his start.

“The anticipation is that (Roark, Jordan and Young) have thrown their spring training and we’ll make a decision. We just don’t know.”

STARTING TIME: Mets: RHP Jenrry Mejia, a longshot candidate for the rotation’s fifth spot, matched Roark’s outing. He gave up a run and two hits in five innings while striking out six, but came out after five innings with a bunion problem on his big toe.

“I’ve always had that, but I forget to (pad it) today,” Mejia said.


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