Grichuk, Martinez power Cards to victory

Grichuk, Martinez power Cards to victory

JUPITER, Fla. -- Randal Grichuk went 2-for-2 with a double and home run to lead the Cardinals to a 6-1 win over the Mets on Wednesday at Roger Dean Stadium. Grichuk drove in four runs and scored another in the victory.

Carlos Martinez turned in a good effort as the Cards' starter, working three innings of one-hit ball. He walked one and struck out one. The Cards recorded a pair of double plays behind him to keep the right-hander out of trouble. In his three-inning stint, Martinez faced the minimum.

Mets starter Marcos Molina was knocked out of the box with one out in the third inning. The right-hander yielded four hits and walked a batter before exiting with a 1-0 deficit. But the Cards piled on lefty reliever Sean Gilmartin, using a two-out error by Mets third baseman T.J. Rivera to score two more runs.

Grichuk then hit the next pitch over the left-field fence for a three-run homer, increasing the lead to 6-0.

"I saw the ball good," Grichuk said of his home run swing. "This ballpark does present a different backdrop [than in St. Louis]. But I saw it and had a good swing on it."

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto finished 2-for-3 with two singles, including one to the opposite field, upping his Grapefruit League average to .538 in five games.

After retiring the first two batters in the 8th, Cardinals right-hander Luke Weaver exited the game with lower back spasms.

Third baseman Phillip Evans got the Mets on the board with a solo homer in the 9th inning.

Mets: Robert Gsellman, a candidate for the Mets' fifth starter's job, will make his Grapefruit League debut when the Mets return home for a 1:10 p.m. ET game Thursday against the Marlins at First Data Field. Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker should headline those Mets players in the starting lineup, facing Miami left-hander Adam Conley. Watch the game on MLB.TV.

Cardinals: Adam Wainwright makes his Grapefruit League debut on Thursday when the Cards host the Braves at 12:05 p.m. CT at Roger Dean Stadium. The game can be heard on Gameday Audio.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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