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JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Ricky Nolasco tuned up for the regular season on Friday night by pitching from the stretch in all but one inning.
The results were pretty good.
Nolasco outpitched Jon Niese in a battle of opening-day starters, but the Miami Marlins lost 4-2 to the New York Mets.
"He's right on schedule," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "I think anytime a pitcher in spring training can get in a couple of tight spots, kind of ramp it up like you would in the regular season and have to make your pitches, it's a good thing. He did a nice job of that tonight."
Nolasco allowed four hits, struck out five and walked two. He also hit two batters while throwing 62 of his 101 pitches for strikes.
Jordany Valdespin led off the game with a triple to the right-field corner. He scored on Andrew Brown's one-out single, but that was it for New York against Nolasco.
"It was good to get to that barrier of more than 90 pitches," Nolasco said. "It's not easy doing it for the first time. I had to battle myself a little more on my fastball than I wanted to. I was able to make the pitch with the fastball when I had to. "
Nolasco is scheduled to make his final spring outing on Wednesday against Boston in Fort Myers. He then will open the season at Washington on April 1.
Niese gave up two runs and four hits over five innings a day after he was told he would start on opening day. He struck out five and walked four.
"He had one rough inning with his command," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He's had a strong spring. I think with the news yesterday, that probably had his adrenaline going."
Niese is set to make his final spring start against Houston on Wednesday. He'll start the season against San Diego at Citi Field on April 1.
"I'm going to back off a little bit, probably 45 to 50 pitches and have some good rest before opening day," Niese said.
The Mets scored three times off Ryan Webb in the eighth inning. Anthony Recker doubled in Mike Baxter with the tying run, and Josh Rodriguez's two-out, two-run single gave New York the lead.
Rob Brantly and Nick Green had run-scoring singles in the fourth for Miami.
NOTES: Marlins prospect Christian Yelich was among three players re-assigned to minor league camp before the game. RHP Tom Koehler was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans. ... Brantly had two hits for Miami, and closer Steve Cishek pitched a 1-2-3 ninth. ... Brown and Omar Quintanilla each had two hits for the Mets.
|Players of the Game|
|New York Mets|
|Jordany Valdespin, 2B||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.347|
|Matt den Dekker, CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.214|
|Collin Cowgill, CF||4||0||0||0||0||3||3||.286|
|Robert Carson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Atchison, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Mike Wilson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Rice, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Baxter, RF||3||1||1||0||0||1||1||.167|
|Jamie Hoffmann, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.194|
|Andrew Brown, LF||4||0||2||1||0||1||1||.237|
|Zach Lutz, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.311|
|Anthony Recker, C||4||1||1||1||0||1||4||.391|
|Landon Powell, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.174|
|Brandon Hicks, 1B||2||0||0||0||2||1||3||.128|
|Eric Campbell, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Omar Quintanilla, SS||4||1||2||0||0||0||2||.243|
|Brian Bixler, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.303|
|Jonathon Niese, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|LaTroy Hawkins, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Pedro Feliciano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Josh Rodriguez, PH-2B||2||0||1||2||0||1||1||.500|
|a-grounded out for Atchison in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Feliciano in the 7th|
|2B - Anthony Recker (3, Webb), Brian Bixler (1, Qualls)|
|3B - Jordany Valdespin (1, Nolasco)|
|RBI - Andrew Brown (5), Anthony Recker (4), Josh Rodriguez 2 (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Josh Rodriguez 2 (2)|
|SB - Brandon Hicks (1, 2nd base off Nolasco/Brantly)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Outfield Assists - Mike Baxter 1|
|DP - Valdespin-Quintanilla, Quintanilla-Rodriguez-Hicks, Quintanilla-Rodriguez-Campbell|
|E - Collin Cowgill (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|New York Mets|
|Robert Carson (W,1-0)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.35|
|Scott Atchison (H,5)||1||2||0||0||1||0||0||2.08|
|Scott Rice (S,1)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||3.72|
|WP - Jonathon Niese (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 43-26, LaTroy Hawkins 4-4, Pedro Feliciano 1-1, Robert Carson 3-3, Scott Atchison 8-4, Scott Rice 6-2|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 5-2, LaTroy Hawkins 1-0, Pedro Feliciano 1-0, Robert Carson 2-1, Scott Atchison 1-1, Scott Rice 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 20, LaTroy Hawkins 2, Pedro Feliciano 1, Robert Carson 3, Scott Atchison 5, Scott Rice 3|
|Juan Pierre, LF||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.319|
|Placido Polanco, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||3||2||.370|
|Matt Downs, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.128|
|Giancarlo Stanton, RF||2||0||0||0||2||0||0||.385|
|Justin Ruggiano, CF||3||1||0||0||0||2||1||.118|
|Gorkys Hernandez, CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.278|
|Casey Kotchman, 1B||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||.457|
|a- Austin Kearns, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.071|
|Chris Valaika, SS||3||1||0||0||1||0||2||.184|
|Rob Brantly, C||4||0||2||1||0||0||0||.326|
|Nick Green, 2B||3||0||1||1||0||1||1||.263|
|Ricky Nolasco, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chad Qualls, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Webb, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Greg Dobbs, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.300|
|Paul Gran, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Steve Cishek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-walked for Kotchman in the 9th|
|b-singled for Webb in the 8th|
|SH - Ricky Nolasco (1)|
|RBI - Rob Brantly (8), Nick Green (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Rob Brantly (7), Nick Green (1)|
|CS - Casey Kotchman (1, 2nd base by Niese/Recker)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Outfield Assists - Giancarlo Stanton 1|
|DP - Valaika-Green-Kotchman|
|E - Rob Brantly (1, Dropped fly)|
|Chad Qualls (H,2)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|Ryan Webb (BS,1; L,0-1)||1||4||3||3||1||2||0||7.88|
|HBP - Baxter (by Ricky Nolasco), Valdespin (by Ricky Nolasco)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 43-33, Chad Qualls 8-8, Ryan Webb 14-10, Steve Cishek 3-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 7-5, Chad Qualls 1-0, Steve Cishek 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 25, Chad Qualls 4, Ryan Webb 7, Steve Cishek 3|
|Attendance - 4758|
|Game Time - 2:50|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Sean Barber, Second Base - Chris Segal, Third Base - Chris Conroy|