JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -Former Mets infielder Ruben Gotay hit a walk-off home run off Kiko Calero in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 6-5 win over New York.
The Cardinals got five shutout innings from starter Adam Wainwright, who struck out six while scattering two hits. He did not walk a batter.
``This was the first time I've trusted my delivery and mechanics this spring,' Wainwright said. ``It's the first time I've pitched without regret. I finally had life on my pitches.'
Trailing 5-2 in the ninth, the Mets rallied for three runs on five hits off Cardinals reliever Jason Motte. Rookie Ike Davis tied the game with an opposite field home run to left center. It was Davis' third home run and 10th RBI of the spring.
Mets starter John Maine bounced back from a poor outing against the Florida Marlins last week in which he was touched for five runs in just 2-3 of an inning. Maine surrendered a two-run homer to Cardinals center fielder Colby Rasmus in the first inning but followed with three shutout innings to lower his spring ERA from 23.14 to 11.37.
``It was a step in the right direction,' Maine said. ``Obviously, it's a lot better than the last time out. In the spring, it's all about getting your arm strong so you can go back out there and throw 100 pitches. The shoulder's not an issue.'
Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez was touched up for two runs on three hits in his one inning of work.
St. Louis shortstop Brendan Ryan made his spring debut after undergoing wrist surgery Feb. 9 and went 2 for 3 with a double and a stolen base.
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