JUPITER, Fla -- L.J. Mazzilli belted a two-run homer to highlight a six-run eighth inning and propel the Mets to an 8-2 win over the Marlins on Monday at Roger Dean Stadium.
Mets outfielder Travis Taijeron started the eighth-inning merry-go-round with a double. Phillip Evans and Dominic Smith followed with RBIs before Mazzilli's blast. It was the fourth of five consecutive hits in the inning off Marlins non-roster invitee Nick Maronde.
The teams traded solo home runs for a 1-1 tie through seven innings. Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud launched his in the fourth inning and Marlins DH Giancarlo Stanton answered in the sixth with his first home run of the spring.
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Both starting pitchers completed successful outings. Edinson Volquez, who signed with the Marlins as a free agent in December, made his second start, and third appearance, of Spring Training. He threw three scoreless innings before giving up the homer to d'Arnaud to lead off the fourth. He later issued a one-out walk and his day was done after 53 pitches (33 strikes).
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Until then the right-hander had allowed just one hit, while striking out two. He hit the first batter he faced (Juan Lagares), but settled down to retire the next seven Mets. His previous appearance was a two-inning stint out of the bullpen last Wednesday in West Palm Beach, yielding one hit and a walk vs. the Astros.
Mets left-hander Steven Matz made his Grapefruit League debut. He went two innings, allowing three hits and striking out one. He threw 39 pitches, 24 of those for strikes. It was his first start since Aug. 4, 2016. Matz had a bone spur removed from his left elbow on Oct. 4. He was 9-8 with a 3.40 ERA last season for the Mets.
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Mets Up Next: The Mets' Spring Training complex will be closed Tuesday for the first of two off-days this month. It will reopen Wednesday for the Mets' 1:10 p.m. ET split-squad game against the Red Sox, featuring starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard, reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and the Grapefruit League debut of Tim Tebow. Watch live on MLB.TV. The other half of the Mets' roster will travel to West Palm Beach for a 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Astros, with Robert Gsellman squaring off against Charlie Morton.
Marlins Up Next: The Marlins play Tuesday at Roger Dean Stadium at 1:05 p.m. ET, this time as visitors to the Cardinals. Right-hander Tom Koehler gets the start for the Marlins and looks to continue a hot Spring Training. In two Grapefruit League appearances, including one start, Koehler is 1-0 and has allowed just one run on two hits over three innings. Watch live on MLB.TV
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