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Mets tattoo Martinez as they beat Cardinals 7-3; Cecil leaves with hamstring injury

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The New York Mets tattooed Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez for five runs in the first four innings Wednesday en route to a 7-3 exhibition game romp behind starter Jacob deGrom. Besides the game, the Cardinals also lost reliever Brett Cecil with a hamstring injury he suffered while facing his second hitter.

The Mets allowed just five hits, two of them homers. Matt Carpenter hit his second off deGrom in the fourth and Lane Thomas his third in the eighth off Brad Brach but pinch hitter Harrison Bader fanned to leave the bases loaded in the eighth.