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 m...