FORT MYERS, Fla. – 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.
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.
"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."