Granderson hits 2 HRs, leads Mets over Astros

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 4, 2014 at 4:10 pm •  Published: March 4, 2014
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — With his parents in the stands, Curtis Granderson put on quite a show.

Granderson hit two home runs and Zack Wheeler pitched three scoreless innings as the New York Mets beat the Houston Astros 6-2 Tuesday.

Granderson, showing off the power that helped him get a four-year, $60 million deal as a free agent in the offseason, hit a two-run shot in the first inning and added a solo drive in the second.

Both home runs were to right field, with the second landing on the sidewalk above the grass berm.

"I hope to see 25 more of those when the bell rings," Mets manager Terry Collins said with a smile. "Obviously, with the way he hit the ball today, I would have to say he's seeing it pretty good at this moment."

Eric Young Jr., playing his first game of the spring after being out with a side injury, led off the first with a walk and scored on a double by Chris Young.

Granderson then became the third Mets player in the first three home games to hit a ball well over the right-field wall.

"It's been interesting to watch the whole team," Granderson said. "(Lucas) Duda's done it, (Ike) Davis has done it — there's power here. Chris Young has been amazing in terms of his extra-base hits and all those different things."

"As long as you get guys on base, like we were able to do in the first inning today, we have a chance to bring guys around, which we were able to do," he said.

Travis d'Arnaud got two hits for the Mets. Jonathan Villar hit a two-run homer for the Astros.

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