Ty Wigginton started at third base, giving Placido Polanco a rest, Laynce Nix started at first and Pete Orr started at second in his first appearance of the year.
Wigginton recorded four RBIs for the 10th time in his career in the 8-2 win and was also involved in an unusual play in the eighth inning. He was on second with two outs when John Mayberry Jr. tapped a slow roller up the first-base line. Mets first baseman Ike Davis waited to see if the ball would roll foul. It didn't, and Wigginton never stopped running.
"As soon as I saw nobody covering the plate, it was pretty much a no-brainer," Wigginton said.
Nix contributed the game-winning RBI with a double in the seventh. Orr doubled in the eighth.
Said Manuel: "You've got to remember that some of those guys on our team, Wigginton and Nix, have been around quite a while, and Freddy Galvis is a rookie. At the same time, they're new on our team. It definitely takes them a while to get to feeling that they belong. And I know how very much they want to impress you. It takes a while to get used to our team and feel good about themselves."