Spring training roundup: Yankees blank Mets to close spring

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Clarke Schmidt allowed only one hit over five sharp innings as the host New York Yankees posted a two-hit shutout of the New York Mets, winning 3-0 to close their spring training schedule Monday in Tampa, Fla.

Schmidt (1-0) struck out six batters and gave up two walks and a hit batter, and relievers Clay Holmes, Caleb Ferguson and Luke Weaver held the Mets to one hit, two hit batters and no walks over the next four innings.

Benjamin Cowles went 2-for-3 with a two-run double for the Yankees, and Alex Verdugo brought in the other run on a fielder’s choice grounder.

Sean Manaea (2-2) went five innings for the Mets and struck out seven without a walk, giving up two runs on five hits. Pete Alonso’s double off Holmes was the Mets’ only extra-base hit.

Rays 6, Phillies 3

Visiting Tampa Bay scored three runs in the top of the ninth to break a tie and defeat Philadelphia in Clearwater, Fla.

Elis Barreat singled and Ricardo Gonzalez scored the go-ahead run on Johan Rojas’ throwing error from center field. Alex Jackson — who tied the game with a solo homer in the sixth — scored on a wild pitch by Efrain Contreras (0-1), and Tanner Murray added a single to score Barreat.

The rally made a winner out of Rays reliever Pete Fairbanks (2-0), who pitched a perfect bottom of the eighth with one strikeout. J.T. Realmuto had a two-run homer to open the scoring for the Phillies.

Braves 4, Twins 0

Chris Sale struck out six batters and scattered a walk and three hits over three innings as Atlanta blanked visiting Minnesota in North Port, Fla.

Sale (1-2) was followed by six relievers who pitched an inning apiece and kept the Twins’ hit total to six. Marcell Ozuna bashed a three-run home run in the first inning and Austin Riley added a shot to left in the third for Sale’s run support.

Bailey Ober (1-2) threw 4 1/3 innings and gave up four runs on four hits and two walks, fanning six.

Pirates 4, Blue Jays 3

Jake Lamb’s two-run single in the fifth inning was enough for host Pittsburgh to fend off Toronto in Bradenton, Fla.

Lamb’s hit broke a 2-2 tie after Henry Davis hit an RBI double and Rowdy Tellez added a run-scoring infield single in the fourth for the Pirates. Reliever Ryder Ryan (1-2) was credited with the win after pitching one-third of an inning.

Damiano Palmegiani had a solo homer for the Blue Jays to tie the game in the top of the fifth, and Daniel Vogelbach scored Palmegiani on a single in the eighth for the final margin. Zach Pop (0-1) gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk while getting the first out of the fifth.

Cardinals 6, Cubs 3

Willson Contreras’ game-tying, two-run home run prompted a five-run rally as visiting St. Louis topped Chicago in Mesa, Ariz.

After Contreras’ first homer of the spring in the sixth inning, the Cardinals added three runs in the seventh on Brendan Donovan’s groundout, Pedro Pages’ double and Ryan Yeager’s single off Cubs reliever Hector Neris (0-2). Cardinals reliever Ryan Fernandez (1-0) pitched 1 2/3 perfect innings.

Seiya Suzuki hit two home runs for the Cubs off Cardinals starter Steven Matz. Cody Bellinger had two hits.

Brewers 10, Rockies 1

Joey Ortiz had two RBI hits, including one of Milwaukee’s four home runs, in a win over visiting Colorado in Phoenix.

Rhys Hoskins and William Contreras also went yard before Eric Haase added a pinch-hit, three-run home run to help the Brewers build a 10-0 lead. Willy Adames went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs. Starter Colin Rea (1-0) held the Rockies to two hits and two walks over 5 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out five.

Dakota Hudson (1-2) surrendered four runs (three earned) on seven hits for the Rockies. Daniel Cope homered in the top of the ninth to prevent the shutout.