Eduardo Escobar’s cycle, Carlos Carrasco’s gem lift Mets by Padres

SAN DIEGO — Eduardo Escobar had singled, doubled and homered when he got here to the plate within the ninth inning for one closing at-bat Monday evening. 

Facing lefty Tim Hill, he shortly fell behind within the rely earlier than slicing a shot to proper subject. The ball eluded Nomar Mazara’s outstretched glove and Escobar stored working. Triple. 

Escobar’s monster evening was full as he turned the primary Mets participant in a decade to hit for the cycle, main his group’s 11-5 victory over the Padres at Petco Park. 

The veteran infielder completed 4-for-5 with six RBIs in changing into the primary Mets participant since Scott Hairston in 2012 to hit for the cycle. 

The Mets received their third straight and improved to 3-2 on the West Coast journey. They jumped on lefty Blake Snell early and by no means relented in shifting a season-high 19 video games above .500. 

Eduardo Escobar reacts after completing the cycle.
Eduardo Escobar reacts after finishing the cycle.
Eduardo Escobar crushes a two-run homer in the eighth inning.
Eduardo Escobar crushes a two-run homer within the eighth inning.
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Escobar’s two-run homer within the eighth in opposition to Craig Stammen buried the Padres in a 7-2 gap. He returned within the ninth for the knockout punch after the Padres had sliced the result in two runs. 

The veteran infielder is 20-for-60 (.333) over his final 14 video games, including to a lineup that’s receiving massive manufacturing from Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor, amongst others. 

With the bullpen on fumes after a strenuous weekend at Dodger Stadium that included an extra-inning recreation within the finale, Carlos Carrasco’s job was to pitch deep into the evening, permitting little. 

On each counts, the veteran right-hander delivered. Carrasco’s efficiency, wherein he allowed two earned runs on 5 hits and struck out 10 over 105 pitches, was his third this season of at the least seven innings. Entering the day solely seven different pitchers this season had a number of begins of at the least seven innings. 

Buck Showalter actually appreciated the size after emptying his bullpen a day earlier in a 10-inning victory over the Dodgers that included a blown save by Seth Lugo within the ninth. 

Carlos Carrasco pitches Monday during the Mets' win over the Padres.
Carlos Carrasco pitches Monday throughout the Mets’ win over the Padres.

The Padres bought shut late, utilizing Luke Voit’s three-run homer within the eighth in opposition to Drew Smith to drag inside 7-5. But Smith bought the ultimate out within the inning earlier than pitching a scoreless ninth. Two of the runs within the eighth have been charged to Joely Rodriguez, who allowed two of the three batters he confronted to achieve base. 

The Mets despatched eight batters to the plate within the first inning in opposition to Padres’ starter Blake Snell and gave Carrasco a three-run lead earlier than he even threw a pitch. Escobar stroked a two-run single after Snell had walked three straight batters, together with J.D. Davis with the bases loaded. 

Starling Marte began the rally with a single and stolen base. After Lindor struck out for the second out, Snell, the 2017 AL Cy Young Award winner with the Rays, walked Alonso, Mark Canha and Davis in succession. By the time he retired Jeff McNeil to conclude the inning, Snell had thrown 43 pitches. 

Escobar’s double main off the fourth and Brandon Nimmo’s two-out RBI single prolonged the Mets’ result in 4-1. Nimmo remained within the lineup a day after he was drilled by a pitch in the correct hand. 

Manny Machado’s throwing error within the fifth on Alonso’s grounder led to the Mets knocking out Snell and scoring an unearned run. Canha doubled Alonso to 3rd and Davis’ sacrifice fly gave the Mets a 5-1 lead. Canha was thrown out attempting to achieve third on Davis’ fly to heart. 

Snell allowed 5 runs, one unearned, over four-plus innings on seven hits with 4 strikeouts and three walks. The left-hander boosted his ERA to five.68 in 4 begins after opening the season on the injured listing. 

Carrasco’s final act was to flee the seventh. After recording two fast outs he surrendered a single to Ha-Seong Kim and an RBI double to Mazara. After a go to to the mound from pitching coach Jeremy Hefner, the right-hander struck out Jorge Alfaro on pitch No. 105.

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