Kemp goes deep in loss to Mets

Kemp goes deep in loss to Mets

at Vero Beach, Fla.
Thursday, March 29

Mets at the plate: Ramon Castro hit a grand slam in the Mets' six-run rally in the fifth inning. Fernando Tatis, who batted .059 in 17 at-bats with the Dodgers before they cut him this spring, delivered a three-run homer in a four-run sixth. David Newhan hit a leadoff home run in the first, walked and scored in the third, doubled and scored in the fifth, and, leading for the third time, homered in the sixth. Newhan also singled in the seventh. Damion Easley drove in Newhan twice. Julio Franco had a warning-track fly ball in the fifth to score Endy Chavez before the slam. Chavez singled in his first three at-bats.

Dodgers at the plate: Matt Kemp hit a leadoff home run in the second inning. The run in the third inning was driven in by James Loney on a sacrifice fly.

Mets on the mound: John Maine allowed five hits, a walk, two runs and struck out four in six innings.

Dodgers on the mound: Starter Joe Mays allowed six hits and a walk in four innings. Wesley Wright allowed four runs in two-thirds of an inning. And Casey Hoorelbeke gave up six runs in 1 1/3 innings.

Grapefruit League records: Mets 11-20-1; Dodgers 16-14.

Up next: The Mets end their home Spring Training schedule Friday, when they play the Marlins at 1:10 p.m. ET. The bullpen is scheduled to handle all of the pitching, with Scott Schoeneweis, Pedro Feliciano, Billy Wagner and Aaron Heilman on call. Neither team has named a starter.

The Dodgers play the Angels in the first game of the Freeway Series on Friday at Dodger Stadium at 7:40 p.m. PT.

Marty Noble is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.