Drew Gilbert drills two-run single, Adrian Houser sharp as Mets top Marlins

The Mets beat the Miami Marlins, 7-1, on Tuesday afternoon as their spring training slate continued.

Here are the takeaways...

- Making his first start as a Met, Adrian Houser was sharp over two scoreless innings. When Houser is on, he generates tons of ground balls, and he induced four on Tuesday -- including one that turned into a double play. He allowed one hit and struck out one (getting Jazz Chisholm Jr. looking to end the first inning).

- Drew Gilbert entered the game late, and smacked an opposite-field, two-run single in the seventh inning in what was his only at-bat. After falling into an 0-2 hole, Gilbert fouled the next pitch off before delivering his RBI hit.

- Luisangel Acuña also came into the game late. He drew a walk in his only plate appearance.

- Jorge Lopez's first outing of spring training was uneven. He allowed a long home run off the batter's eye in center field to Tristan Gray on the first pitch he threw but escaped the rest of the frame unscathed. Lopez, whose fastball topped out at 96 mph, walked one and struck out one in his inning of work.

- Lefty relief prospect Nate Lavender tossed a perfect inning, striking out the first batter he faced before getting a fly out and ground out. Lavender, whose elite extension toward home plate during his delivery leads to his low-90s fastball sneaking up on hitters, should get a chance in the big league bullpen at some point this season.

- Francisco Alvarez got the start behind the plate and drew a walk in his first time up. He finished 0-for-2 with the aforementioned walk.

- Mark Vientos started at third base and had a quiet day at the plate, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Vientos is hitting .286 with a .572 OPS this spring.

- Ji-Man Choi, on the outskirts of the DH competition, roped a solo homer to right field in the sixth inning. He finished 1-for-2 with a walk.

- Michael Tonkin, who could have an inside track at one of the final spots in the bullpen, was impressive in a scoreless inning, inducing weak contact and working around a seeing-eye single. 


Upcoming schedule

The Mets host the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

Reed Garrett, Grant Hartwig, Josh Walker, and Austin Adams are among the scheduled pitchers for New York.

Miles Mikolas gets the start for St. Louis.