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New York at Miami

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N.Y. Mets (10-11) «100000030491
Miami (10-13)000200000261

Mets 4, Marlins 2

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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.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

J. Niese
IP 5.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 4
K 5
Miami

R. Nolasco
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 2
K 5
 

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New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordany Valdespin, 2B3110001 .347
    Matt den Dekker, CF1000000 .214
Collin Cowgill, CF4000033 .286
    Robert Carson, P0000000 .000
    Scott Atchison, P0000000 .000
   a- Mike Wilson, PH1000000 .000
    Scott Rice, P0000000 .000
Mike Baxter, RF3110011 .167
    Jamie Hoffmann, RF1000000 .194
Andrew Brown, LF4021011 .237
    Zach Lutz, LF0000000 .311
Anthony Recker, C4111014 .391
    Landon Powell, C0000000 .174
Brandon Hicks, 1B2000213 .128
    Eric Campbell, 1B0000000 .000
Omar Quintanilla, SS4120002 .243
Brian Bixler, 3B3010101 .303
Jonathon Niese, P2000011 .000
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
   b- Josh Rodriguez, PH-2B2012011 .500
Totals3449439  
a-grounded out for Atchison in the 9th
b-struck out for Feliciano in the 7th
Batting
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
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Mike Baxter 1
DP - Valdespin-Quintanilla, Quintanilla-Rodriguez-Hicks, Quintanilla-Rodriguez-Campbell
E - Collin Cowgill (1, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathon Niese 5422450 1.53
LaTroy Hawkins 0.2000010 0.00
Pedro Feliciano 0.1000000 2.25
Robert Carson (W,1-0) 1000000 4.35
Scott Atchison (H,5) 1200100 2.08
Scott Rice (S,1) 1000100 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
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF3010100 .319
Placido Polanco, 3B3000032 .370
    Matt Downs, 3B1000001 .128
Giancarlo Stanton, RF2000200 .385
Justin Ruggiano, CF3100021 .118
    Gorkys Hernandez, CF1000002 .278
Casey Kotchman, 1B2010100 .457
   a- Austin Kearns, PH0000100 .071
Chris Valaika, SS3100102 .184
Rob Brantly, C4021000 .326
Nick Green, 2B3011011 .263
Ricky Nolasco, P1000000 .000
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
   b- Greg Dobbs, PH1010000 .300
    Paul Gran, PR0000000 .000
    Steve Cishek, P0000000 .000
Totals2726266  
a-walked for Kotchman in the 9th
b-singled for Webb in the 8th
Batting
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
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Giancarlo Stanton 1
DP - Valaika-Green-Kotchman
E - Rob Brantly (1, Dropped fly)
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ricky Nolasco 6411250 3.48
Chad Qualls (H,2) 1100020 0.00
Ryan Webb (BS,1; L,0-1) 1433120 7.88
Steve Cishek 1000000 3.00
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
Game Information
Attendance - 4758
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Sean Barber, Second Base - Chris Segal, Third Base - Chris Conroy