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Carlos Carrasco’s jewel propels the Mets past rivals Nationals

WASHINGTON — The innings-eater in the Mets rotation may have been the biggest question mark among the team’s starting pitchers these days as this season began.

Hitting strike zones, Carlos Carrasco digs deep into games, lengthening a rotation that more than survived Jacob deGrom’s stint on the injured list.

On Tuesday, the veteran right-hander worked his way into the seventh inning or beyond for the third time in four starts to lead the Mets’ 4-2 win over the Nationals.

Carrasco, who only made his debut for the Mets after last season’s All-Star break after tearing his right hamstring in spring practice — he also underwent offseason surgery to remove a bone fragment from his elbow — performed as only MLB pitcher to pitch more than seven innings in multiple starts this season. That night he lasted 6 ²/₃ innings and allowed two earned runs on seven hits with five strikeouts.

The Mets (21-10) won for the third time in four games on a night they didn’t wake up offensively until the sixth inning. Drew Smith, Joely Rodriguez and Edwin Diaz took care of the rest behind Carrasco and combined for relief 2 ¹/₃ scoreless innings.

Carlos Carrasco allowed just two runs in the Mets' 4-2 win over the Nationals.
Carlos Carrasco allowed just two runs in the Mets’ 4-2 win over the Nationals.
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Eduardo Escobar dives home safely, beating the tag of Riley Adams in the sixth inning of the Mets' 4-2 win over the Nationals.
Eduardo Escobar dives home safely, beating the tag of Riley Adams in the sixth inning of the Mets’ 4-2 win over the Nationals.
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Carrasco had pitched eight shutout innings against the Braves on his previous start. Last month he had served 7 ²/₃ innings against the Giants and allowed two earned runs. His respectable 3.19 ERA includes a clunker in St. Louis in which he gave up eight earned runs over 3 ²/₃ innings.

Waiting to get into the Nationals bullpen, the Mets hit three runs in the sixth against Carl Edwards Jr. The biggest hit of the inning came from Jeff McNeil, who stroked a two-run double against first baseman Josh Bell’s glove. James McCann followed with a sacrifice fly that gave the Mets the lead. The Mets scored an insurance run in the ninth after Mark Canha made a two-base throw error from Makiel Franco, who was leading the inning. JD Davis’ sacrificial fly put the run into play.

Franco stroked an RBI double in the fourth hole that put Carrasco in a 1-0 hole, but the Mets avoided further damage in the inning when McNeil’s relay shot on the plate pinned Yadiel Hernandez, who was trying to score behind Josh Bell. The throw hit Hernandez so hard he didn’t even slip.

JD Davis and Pete Alonso celebrate after scoring runs in the sixth inning of the Mets' victory over the Nationals.
JD Davis and Pete Alonso celebrate after scoring runs in the sixth inning of the Mets’ victory over the Nationals.
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The defensive gem started with Brandon Nimmo rushing to right center to snap Franco’s shot before he could roll to the fence. Nimmo turned and hit McNeil with an arrow.

Carrasco hung a full count slider in fifth that Riley Adams pushed into the left seats. The solo homer gave the Nationals a 2-0 lead. Previous batter, Dee Strange-Gordon, hit a shot to the right that managed to stay in the ballpark and landed in the warning lane in Starling Marte’s glove.

Patrick Corbin frustrated the Mets with five shutout innings in which he gave up three hits and four walks. The Mets had their best chance against the left-hander in the fourth when Lindor led the inning and stole second place and Pete Alonso walked but Corbin retired the next three batters.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/10/carlos-carrascos-gem-propels-mets-past-rival-nationals/ Carlos Carrasco’s jewel propels the Mets past rivals Nationals

JOE HERNANDEZ

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