- Associated Press - Monday, March 23, 2015

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Mat Latos gave up seven hits in an eight-run second inning, and the New York Mets routed the Miami Marlins 12-3 Monday.

New York’s first eight batters reached base before David Wright grounded into a double play. Daniel Muno tripled in the inning, Anthony Recker and Ruben Tejada doubled. Michael Cuddyer singled leading off the inning and hit a solo homer for an 9-2 lead, his fifth home run of spring training.

Latros allowed nine runs, eight hits and two walks in three innings.

“It’s a good thing it happened in spring training,” Latos said. “That was borderline embarrassing. We’ll see if we can figure it out.”

Michael Morse homered twice for Miami, a two-run drive in the first off NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom and a solo shot in the sixth against Buddy Carlyle. Morse has 14 RBIs.

“That’s why we got him,” Miami manager Mike Redmond said. “We look for him to do a lot of damage in the middle of that order.”

DeGrom gave up four hits in four innings, struck out five and walked one.

“I struggled with keeping the ball down today,” he said. “I was up in the zone almost all day.”


Mets: New York flipped the starts of Dillon Gee and Rafael Montero. Gee will pitch against Houston on Tuesday and Montero versus the Yankees on Wednesday.

Marlins: Miami shas not announced the rotation order of Henderson Alvarez, Jarred Cosart, Dan Haren, Tom Koehler and Latos. “I would say that we are probably set with those guys, but I would never say 100 percent that we are set because you never know what could happen,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.


Mets: Shortstop Wilmer Flores is expected to miss a couple of days after fouling a ball off his foot in the third inning of Sunday’s victory over the Yankees. Flores has a bruised foot.

Marlins: A blister on Christian Yelich’s hand prompted Redmond to hold the left fielder out of Monday’s game. “I think if it was the regular season, he’d probably be able to figure out a way to play through it,” Redmond said.


The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Morse has been hitting cleanup, one spot behind 6-foot-6, 240-pound Giancarlo Stanton. “I’m not sure if there’s a bigger three-four combo in the league as far as size,” Redmond said.


With Yelich sitting out, Ichiro Suzuki started in left field for the second consecutive day. Suzuki hit in the sixth spot of the lineup, going 0 for 3, with Martin Prado filling Yelich’s usual second spot in the order.


Koehler is to make his third start and fourth appearance on Tuesday, against Boston. The Mets expect to face Collin McHugh when Houston travels to Port St. Lucie.

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