Byrd, Harris homer in Nats loss

Byrd, Harris homer in Nats loss

METS 10, MARLINS 4 (six innings)
at Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Monday, March 13

Nationals at the plate: Marlon Byrd and Brendan Harris hit home runs on successive pitches from Tom Glavine in the second inning. The Nationals had four other hits in the abridged game. Some of the stadium lights went out in the seventh inning, and after a wait of nearly 20 minutes, the game was called. The cause of the power problem was outside the ballpark.

Mets at the plate: Kaz Matsui had three singles and drove in three runs. Julio Franco had a three-run double in the Mets five-run fifth inning. David Wright led off the inning with a double and finished the game with his average up to .200. But the hit of the night -- the hit of the spring -- was the monster home run Xavier Nady hit in the third inning off Kyle Denney. Nady's second home run of the spring cleared the 40-foot tall hitter's backdrop in dead center field. The dimension of the Tradition Field are identical to those of Shea Stadium. Nady is batting .481 with 11 RBIs in 27 at-bats.

Nationals on the mound: Denney allowed six hits and six runs in three innings after former Mets right-hander Pedro Astacio allowed three runs in the first two innings.

Mets on the mound: Glavine allowed two runs in the second and third innings of his four-inning start. Yusaku Iriki pitched two hitless innings. Play was suspended while he was pitching in the seventh.

Grapefruit League records: Nationals 2-11; Mets 7-6.

Up next: Brian Bannister will make his third appearance of the spring on Tuesday when the Mets play the Orioles in Port St. Lucie, Fla., at 1:10 p.m. ET. Chad Bradford and Bartolome Fortunato will follow Bannister. The Orioles will start Erik Bedard, followed by John Halama and LaTroy Hawkins.

The Nationals play the Marlins in Viera, Fla. at 1:05 p.m. Livan Hernandez and Mike Stanton are scheduled to throw.

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