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Friday, March 21, 2014
Mets 9, Twins 1: Amazin's jump on Nolasco

By Adam Rubin

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Seven straight batters reached base against Ricky Nolasco in a seven-run first inning and the Mets cruised to a 9-1 win against the Minnesota Twins on Friday at Hammond Stadium.

Opening Day starter Dillon Gee limited Minnesota to one run on five hits while striking out four and walking none in 5 1/3 innings. Scott Rice, Gonzalez Germen, Jeurys Familia and Carlos Torres combined to blank the Twins the rest of the way.

Ruben Tejada began the first-inning barrage against the ex-Marlin Nolasco with a one-out double. It marked the fifth straight at-bat in which Tejada produced a hit, after being 2-for-his-first-24. He finished the game 1-for-3 to lift his average to .226.

In his first Grapefruit League game since March 3, Lucas Duda next was plunked by a pitch. Ike Davis and Andrew Brown followed with consecutive doubles. Kirk Nieuwenhuis then tripled. Taylor Teagarden capped the inning’s scoring with a two-run homer.

Duda added a two-run homer in the fourth against Casey Fien.

What’s next: Bartolo Colon opposes Miami Marlins left-hander Brad Hand at 1:05 p.m. Saturday at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter (WOR 710 AM). Terry Collins expects Daniel Murphy (calf) to play for the first time since Sunday. Davis is due to man first base.