Carlos Carrasco continued the quality efforts from a Mets starting pitcher, as he struck out nine in 6.2 IP, helping the Mets to a 6-2 win over the Reds Tuesday night at Citi Field. In the last 16 games, the Mets are 14-2.
Francisco Lindor got the Mets on the board first with a two-run homer in the third inning, his 20th blast of the season. Jeff McNeil added a solo shot in the fourth inning, a 410-foot shot off a lefty. McNeil also added an RBI single in the sixth to put the Mets up, 4-0.
Carrasco ran out of gas in the seventh inning and gave up a two-run homer. Buck Showalter gave Carrasco a chance to finish the frame but he gave up a single to a guy he struck out in all three previous at-bats, putting two runners on and prompting Showalter to go to the pen.
Mychal Givens ended the seventh with a strikeout. Trevor May came on in the eighth inning and loaded the bases but got out without allowing a run, looking like he spent serious time on the treadmill after his 29-pitch outing.
As shaky as May looked in the eighth inning, Lugo looked just as good in the ninth, continuing his season-long streak of doing great when he starts an inning.
The win clinched the series for the Mets. They go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon in a 1:00 p.m. start, with Taijuan Walker looking to rebound from his last outing, the only time since the break a Mets starter didn’t complete at least five innings.