Mets stumble to Marlins, 9-1

Lannan sharp in Mets debut, Duda homers but NY drops second straight
03/01/2014 7:29 PM ET
By The Associated Press

John Lannan threw two scoreless innings in the Mets' 9-1 loss to the Marlins on Saturday.(AP)
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Given an invitation to make the roster after injury-plagued seasons, John Lannan and Kevin Slowey both took positive steps Saturday in their spring debuts.

Lannan and Slowey each threw two scoreless innings while giving up one hit as the Miami Marlins topped the New York Mets 9-1.

Reed Johnson hit a two-run single to highlight a five-run sixth inning for the Marlins.

Lucas Duda hit a towering homer to right-center field for the Mets' lone run in the fourth inning.

Topping out at 88 mph with his fastball, Lannan struck out three and surrendered only a double to Miami's Derek Dietrich.

''I was just grateful to be back out there and feel pretty good,'' Lannan said.

Lannan missed the final seven weeks last year because of knee tendinitis and also had surgery to repair a torn quadriceps.

''I was just trying to locate. I thought I located my fastball in to righties pretty well and threw some good changeups,'' he said. ''I don't throw hard, so I have to work my fastball both side of the plate to keep them honest.''

Slowey made the Marlins' rotation as a non-roster invitee in 2013 and is hoping to repeat his success this spring. He went on the disabled list on July 27 with forearm tightness.

Slowey struck out four, including the side in the second inning.

''I've been playing long enough to know that early in spring, I need to command my fastball,'' he said. ''That's what's going to carry me throughout the season and today was a lot of that - just commanding my fastball in and out, both two- and four-seam. All my other pitches come off of that, so it's important for me.''

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