Carlos Carrasco turned in his best outing of the season and the Mets bats came to life, resulting in a 10-1 win over the Cubs in Chicago Thursday night.
Staked to an early 1-0 lead, Carrasco served up a gopher ball to the second batter he faced. But that was the only run he would allow. While he loaded the bases in the third inning, he got out of that and near the end of his outing he retired 10 batters in a row. The Cubs are hardly the top offensive lineup in the league but it was still encouraging to see Carrasco with a good outing.
Meanwhile, every Met starter had at least one hit, even if it took a position player pitching in the ninth inning for Mark Canha to join the party. Brett Baty drove in the first two runs for the Mets, first with a sacrifice fly and later with an RBI single as part of a three-run third inning.
The Mets added another run in the fifth inning, thanks to aggressive baserunning from two unlikely sources. Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso stole bases, with McNeil scoring on a throwing error. Two innings later, Alonso homered to the opposite field to make it 7-1.
In all, the Mets had 15 hits and four walks, a much-better showing compared to the first two games of the series where they sleepwalked mostly thru 18 innings. Next up is a trip to Denver to face the Rockies.