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Published on NewsOK Modified: March 29, 2013 at 4:08 pm •  Published: March 29, 2013

Cardinals right-hander Jake Westbrook kept the Mets at bay until the fourth when Ike Davis walked leading off and Marlon Byrd followed with a double. John Buck drew a one-out walk, and Ruben Tejada doubled to left field to bring in two runs.

Buck was thrown out rounding third, but Collin Cowgill, pinch hitting for Harvey, extended the Mets lead to 4-0 with a two-run homer to left field.

"I think I pitched fairly well, but they took advantage of a couple mistakes," Westbrook said. "I left a couple of balls over the plate, and I was not able to execute all my pitches, so in that way it wasn't my best day."

Mets starter Matt Harvey finished his spring on a high note, giving up three hits and no runs in four innings. He walked two batters but struck out four. The right-hander pitches in Game 2 on Wednesday.

"I couldn't be happier with the spring, how it went and how my body feels going into the season and we're all looking forward to heading up north," Harvey said. "There were some down times, but there were some really good stuff. My curveball is right where I want it. I was able to fine-tune some pitches today, and getting back out there is something I'm definitely looking forward to Wednesday."

NOTES: Cowgill is 20 for 63 (.317) in 25 games this spring with five homers and 10 RBIs. .Daniel Murphy, who played his second spring training game Friday, went 2 for 4 with a run scored. LaTroy Hawkins gave up his first runs of the spring in the fifth inning, allowing two runs on two hits with a walk. Mets closer Bobby Parnell struck out the side in the ninth. . Jon Jay went 2 for 2 with a double to lead the Cardinals. ... The Cardinals placed closer Jason Motte (strained right elbow) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 22, and optioned pitcher Maikel Cleto and outfielder Adron Chambers to Triple-A Memphis. Non-roster C Rob Johnson, INF Greg Garcia and OF Oscar Taveras were re-assigned to minor league camp.