PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Michael Cuddyer hit his sixth home run this spring and Lucas Duda homered, doubled and drove in five runs as the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 7-1 on Monday.
Duda homered in the fourth inning. He added a three-run double in the sixth and Cuddyer, who signed with the Mets in the offseason, followed with his home run.
Duda missed the Mets’ first 11 exhibition games because of a strained intercostal muscle. He has at least two hits in each of his past three games.
“I’m feeling good at the plate,” Duda said. “I feel like my timing is getting back a little bit. Hopefully, it will carry over into the season.”
“As far as the injury goes, I was kind set back a little bit,” Duda said. “But it feels great right now. My body feels great.”
Mets starter Rafael Montero threw six scoreless innings, allowing only two hits. He struck out six and walked none.
Marlins starter Dan Haren gave up seven runs in 5 1-3 innings. Haren allowed six hits, struck out four and walked one.