FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Ricky Nolasco allowed seven straight batters to reach in a seven-run first inning for the New York Mets, who beat the Minnesota Twins 9-1 Friday.
The Twins' opening-day starter threw 43 pitches in the inning but he was encouraged that he didn't become fatigued. He was lifted after three innings.
"Obviously the first inning was pretty terrible," Nolasco said. "I think it would have been better if I would have told them what was coming."
Five of the Mets' six hits in the inning went for extra bases, including Ike Davis' two-run double, Kirk Nieuwenhuis' triple and a two-run homer by No. 8 hitter Taylor Teagarden. Davis went 3 for 3 with two doubles.
Mets: Right-hander Dillon Gee held the Twins to one run on five hits and no walks over 5 1-3 innings as he moved closer to an expected start on opening day.
"I don't know what starter wouldn't want to start opening day," Gee said. 'That would be a huge honor, but right now I'm worried about I got another start left and just make sure that I'm still polishing everything up and ready to go whenever they tell me to."
Gee allowed all singles and maintained a walk-free spring that even had plate umpire Brian O'Nora complimenting the movement on his pitches.
"That was outstanding," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Even the umpire (O'Nora) said every pitch he threw was going one way or the other. So it's a great sign. He's felt great. He's looked great."
Twins: Nolasco, signed this offseason to the richest free-agent deal in club history, entered his penultimate start of the spring with a 3.27 ERA but saw that spike to 7.07 after his rough outing.
Nolasco walked two and ran the count to three balls on five other batters but pronounced himself on track for the regular season.
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