Miami at New York

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Mets 4, Marlins 1

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Matt Harvey wants to surpass the 200-inning mark this season, but to do that, he'll need a lot of outings like his third start of the spring.

The Mets right-hander was nearly perfect while tossing 4 1-3 shutout innings in a 4-1 win over the Marlins on Thursday.

Harvey's only baserunner reached on an error. He struck out five batters and threw 35 of 48 pitches for strikes.

"When you talk about if this guy can pitch 215 innings, that means he is getting deep into games, and the only way to do that is by doing what he did today and that is pitching to contact, knowing you've got to get a strikeout but could get some easy outs," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He's on a mission to be real good."

Harvey said he wasn't happy with the number of balls he threw in his last outing - when he gave up a run and three hits in 2 2-3 innings - so he focused on throwing more strikes Thursday and relying on some help from his teammates.

"After looking at last week's poor strike-to-ball ratio, I definitely wanted to go out and pound the zone. All the guys, they made every play, so throwing strikes was kind of easy when they are out there making every play," Harvey said. "It was just staying in line a little better. Watching film from last week, I was rushing a little bit, kind of crossing my body a little bit, throwing across, but today, I was on the line pretty much every single time. That's definitely a plus and a good start for the next six or seven months, whatever it is."

Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco was almost as impressive, giving up an unearned run and three hits, while striking out six batters over 3 2-3 innings.

His only blip came in the second inning when he gave up singles to Marlon Byrd and Anthony Recker with Recker's bringing in a run.

"Just trying to stretch out and get a feel for all my pitches," Nolasco said. "My breaking pitches are sharper than normal early in the camp. I've been working on it and expect it to get better. All is good so far. I threw everything, got a lot of swings and misses on a lot of different pitches."

Manager Mike Redmond officially chose Nolasco as the Marlins' opening day starter.

"He's done a nice job over his starts of throwing strikes and commanding his off-speed pitches," Redmond said.

The Marlins have more to be concerned about offensively, as they managed just two hits against the Mets - one of them coming on J.T. Realmuto's home run in the ninth inning.

New York finished with nine hits, including two each from Ike Davis and Matt den Dekker. Davis had a double and den Dekker homered in the fifth inning.

Mets lefthander Pedro Feliciano, who continues to wear a monitor on his chest to keep track of an irregular heartbeat, retired the two lefty batters he faced after replacing Harvey in the fifth.

NOTES: Redmond said Justin Ruggiano is aiming to make his first spring training appearance on Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Ruggiano, originally considered the front-runner to start in center field, has been sidelined with a tight back. . Marlins outfield prospect Jake Marisnick might still be out a couple of days from playing after getting hit in the left hand by a pitch Wednesday. . Mets closer Frank Francisco said he expects to throw from a mound for the first time this spring in "two or three days." Francisco was shut down at the beginning of camp with the same right elbow inflammation that ended his season Sept. 16 and ultimately led to December surgery to remove bone spurs. He resumed throwing Feb. 25 from flat ground and completed a long toss session from 130 feet on Thursday. . Mets prospect Zack Wheeler got on a mound Thursday for the first time since he was scratched from a start eight days earlier with a strained oblique muscle. He threw 35 pitches and said he felt good. . Collins said Jenrry Mejia (thyroid issue) "is fine" and will have no limitations upon returning to camp. He was scratched from a B game Tuesday and flown to New York for testing after his physical was flagged for an irregularity.

 
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New York

M. den Dekker
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Miami

J. Realmuto
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF3010011 .353
    Christian Yelich, CF1000000 .421
Nick Green, SS4000021 .214
Rob Brantly, C2000000 .188
    Jacob Realmuto, C2111000 .333
Joe Mahoney, DH4000030 .238
Chris Valaika, 2B3000000 .125
    Ed Lucas, 2B0000000 .250
Chris Coghlan, CF-LF2000010 .300
   a- Marcell Ozuna, PH-RF1000000 .333
Casey Kotchman, 1B3000010 .500
    Derek Dietrich, 3B0000000 .286
Chone Figgins, RF-LF2000100 .000
Zack Cox, 3B2000011 .300
    Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B-1B1000001 .333
Totals3012119  
a-grounded out for Coghlan in the 8th
Batting
HR - Jacob Realmuto (1, G. Burke)
RBI - Jacob Realmuto (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jacob Realmuto (2)
SB - Juan Pierre (1, 2nd base off Edgin/Recker), Chone Figgins (1, 2nd base off Harvey/Recker)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Juan Pierre 1
DP - Kouzmanoff-Lucas-Kotchman
E - Chris Valaika (1, )
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ricky Nolasco (L,1-1) 3.2310060 0.00
Mitch Talbot 2433021 5.40
Adam Conley 0.1000010 0.00
Doug Mathis 1200000 0.00
Jonathan Albaladejo 1000010 0.00
HBP - Buck (by Mitch Talbot)
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 25-25, Mitch Talbot 15-14, Adam Conley 3-3, Doug Mathis 4-4, Jonathan Albaladejo 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 2-2, Mitch Talbot 1-3, Doug Mathis 2-0, Jonathan Albaladejo 2-0
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 13, Mitch Talbot 11, Adam Conley 1, Doug Mathis 4, Jonathan Albaladejo 3
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordany Valdespin, 2B3000000 .350
    Reese Havens, 2B1010000 .125
Omar Quintanilla, SS3000000 .286
    Wilfredo Tovar, SS1000001 .273
Ike Davis, 1B3020010 .294
    Jamie Hoffmann, PR-LF1100010 .133
Marlon Byrd, RF2110011 .412
    Andrew Brown, RF2111000 .167
Lucas Duda, LF2000022 .158
    Justin Turner, LF-1B2011000 .353
John Buck, DH2000010 .154
Anthony Recker, C2011000 .500
   a- Landon Powell, PH-C1000012 .182
Matt den Dekker, CF3121010 .263
    Juan Lagares, CF0000000 .200
Brandon Hicks, 3B2000020 .067
    Wilmer Flores, 3B1000001 .100
Totals31494010  
a-struck out for Recker in the 6th
Batting
2B - Ike Davis (2, Nolasco), Andrew Brown (2, Talbot)
HR - Matt den Dekker (1, Talbot)
RBI - Andrew Brown (2), Justin Turner (4), Anthony Recker (2), Matt den Dekker (1)
2-OUT RBI - Andrew Brown (1), Justin Turner (1), Anthony Recker (1), Matt den Dekker (1)
CS - Marlon Byrd (1, 2nd base by Nolasco/Brantly)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Omar Quintanilla (1, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Harvey (W,1-0) 4.1000050 2.00
Pedro Feliciano (H,1) 0.2000000 0.00
Josh Edgin (H,1) 1100010 3.60
Brandon Lyon (H,1) 1000000 3.38
Scott Rice (H,1) 1000110 5.40
Greg Burke 1111021 7.20
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Harvey 25-24, Pedro Feliciano 2-2, Josh Edgin 6-6, Brandon Lyon 3-3, Scott Rice 9-5, Greg Burke 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Harvey 4-5, Pedro Feliciano 1-1, Brandon Lyon 1-2, Scott Rice 1-1
Batters Faced - Matt Harvey 14, Pedro Feliciano 2, Josh Edgin 4, Brandon Lyon 3, Scott Rice 4, Greg Burke 4
Game Information
Attendance - 3695
Game Time - 2:24
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - D.J. Reyburn, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Chris Segal