MIAMI — He’s one powerful Cookie lately.
Carlos Carrasco isn’t going to win any contests blowing away hitters, however the right-hander’s offspeed pitches and command — and most significantly, his well being — have converged this season to offer the Mets a useful rotation piece.
On Saturday, he gave his staff 7 ²/₃ shutout innings in a 4-0 victory over the Marlins at loanDepot park. Carrasco prolonged his scoreless streak over his past three begins to 18 ²/₃ innings.
The win was No. 100 in Carrasco’s career, making the 35-year-old the eighth Venezuelan-born pitcher to succeed in the milestone. Carrasco final surrendered a run on July 9 towards the Marlins at Citi Field.
The Mets (63-37) gained their fifth straight and reached the 100-game mark with the franchise’s most victories since 1986.
Overall, Carrasco allowed 4 hits and struck out seven with two walks. Seth Lugo changed Carrasco within the eighth inning after Charles Leblanc had doubled with two outs. But Leblanc was picked off second base by Tomas Nido, making certain Carrasco’s scoreless streak continued.
Lugo remained within the recreation to pitch a scoreless ninth inning, permitting Edwin Diaz a day without work following a 10-pitch outing Friday during which he struck out the facet.
The Mets will attempt for a three-game sweep of the reeling Marlins on Sunday with Taijuan Walker on the mound.
After scuffling on the plate for seven innings, the Mets gave Carrasco respiratory room within the eighth when Francisco Lindor and J.D. Davis every blasted a solo homer to offer the Mets a 4-0 lead. Davis’ homer, in a pinch-hitting look, got here because the Mets are looking out on the commerce market for a right-handed bat to solidify the DH spot.
The Mets have traded for 2 lefty bats within the final week-plus to bolster the opposite half of the DH equation. One of these additions, Tyler Naquin, debuted for the Mets on Saturday in left subject and went 0-for-4. Daniel Vogelbach began at DH and drew a stroll in 4 plate appearances.
Carrasco’s gem was the newest sturdy efficiency by a Mets beginning pitcher. Entering play, the Mets had a 2.45 ERA from the beginning rotation in July, which ranked second within the main leagues. Chris Bassitt had a uncommon flat begin for the Mets an evening earlier, when he allowed 4 earned runs over six innings.
Jeff McNeil hit a solo homer within the third towards rookie Nick Neidert to offer the Mets their first run. The homer was the primary since June 14 for McNeil, who entered the day with a .162/.240/.191 slash line in July.
The Mets weren’t completed within the inning: Nido, Brandon Nimmo and Lindor all singled. Lindor’s hit prolonged the Mets’ result in 2-0 and gave the shortstop 68 RBIs for the season earlier than he reached 69 together with his blast later.
Carrasco was challenged within the first inning, when he allowed a single to Miguel Rojas and stroll to Jesus Aguilar earlier than retiring JJ Bleday for the ultimate out. In the fourth, Carrasco surrendered a leadoff single, however he escaped the inning when he acquired Bleday to floor right into a double-play.