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It may be spring training, but I still love a good Mets pounding

The Cardinals put up a seven spot in one inning Tuesday as they roughed up the Mets 15-4 in Port St. Lucie.

Chris Duncan, who had struggled up to this point, carried the offense on his broad shoulders and creaky neck with a 4-4 day that included three runs and four RBIs. He homered in the first with two on and two out, then tripled later in the game to raise his batting average to .353 for the spring.

Joe Mather was 3-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. But Colby Rasmus, who has proven to be a slow starter in his professional career, continues to struggle. He was 1-6 with a pair of strikeouts.

Kyle Lohse made his second start of the spring and gave up three hits and no runs in 3 2/3 innings.

Highly touted minor leaguer Jess Todd, who is apparently being pegged as a major league reliever, got into the game to pitch one inning. He allowed two hits and one run. 

Charley Manning, a competitor for one of two lefty reliever spots in the Birds bullpen gave up a run on two hits and a walk in an inning pitched while competitor Royce Ring threw a shutout, hitless 1 1/3 innings. 

The Mets were without David Wright, Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado, whoe are participating in the World Baseball Classic.

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