NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Carrasco pitched the eighth inning for the first time in nearly three years, leading the New York Mets over the San Francisco Giants 6-2 on Thursday.
Francisco Lindor, who had three hits, and Eduardo Escobar each connected for solo homers. Escobar’s second-inning shot gave the Mets the lead for good as they took three of the Giants’ four.
Mets manager Buck Showalter was back in the dugout after missing a game due to a medical procedure.
Carrasco (1-0) allowed four hits and walked none while striking out seven on 7 2/3 innings. It was his longest outing since going 7 2/3 innings for Cleveland on May 4, 2019, just over two months before Carrasco was diagnosed with leukemia.
Carrasco has given up 18 straight after Thairo Estrada’s RBI single in second. Mauricio Dubon started the eighth by reaching on an error and Curt Casali hit on a double play. Mike Yastrzemski ended Carrasco’s afternoon by cutting through the advertising signage along the second deck into right field.
A crowd of 28,760 gave Carrasco a warm ovation as he left the mound. Carrasco tapped his glove several times.
The outing actually bumped Carrasco’s ERA from 0.84 to 1.47 in three starts. Carrasco, who was acquired from Cleveland with Lindor on Jan. 7, 2021, posted a 6.04 ERA in 12 starts last season, despite only making his debut on July 30 due to injury. to the hamstrings.
Giants right-hander Anthony DeSclafini (0-1), who grew up about 60 miles from Citi Field in Freehold, New Jersey, allowed five runs on nine hits and a walk with four strikeouts in five innings.
Tomas Nido threw a sacrifice fly in the second, Mark Canha hit a two-run single in the third, and Brandon Nimmo hit an RBI single in the eighth.
The Giants acquired minor league pitcher Cory Abbott from the Chicago Cubs for cash considerations. Abbott was assigned to Triple-A Sacramento. Outfielder Jaylin Davis has been tapped to make room for Abbott on the 40-man roster.
Showalter acknowledged Thursday morning that Starling Marte probably made the wrong decision trying to steal second base with two outs, two against and the Mets down four runs in the seventh inning of Wednesday night’s game. Marte was ejected on the first pitch at Lindor.
But Showalter also said he didn’t want to do anything to downplay the aggression of Marte, the defending major league stolen bases champion whose effectiveness on bases has improved as he’s aged. Marte has hit 85 of his last 100 attempts since the start of the 2019 season after stealing 75% (214 for 285) from 2012 to 2018.
“What I don’t want our players to do is go back to the hotel, house or apartment and leave, man, I wish I had just gone with my instincts and gone,” said Showalter. “The last thing I’m going to do is start giving him this mentality that we don’t trust him. I know what it was like and what it felt like, but you know what? I like that. I I’m glad he’s on our side.
Giants: CF Steven Duggar suffered a left oblique injury when fouled on a 1-1 pitch against Carrasco in the second. Duggar, who grimaced as he took the swing, spoke briefly with manager Gabe Kapler and a trainer before walking out. Dubon replaced Duggar and hit looking down the next pitch before taking his place in center field.
Mets: Showalter returned after undergoing medical intervention on Wednesday, when Carlos Rodon struck out eight in five scoreless innings for the Giants. “I picked the night Rodon was throwing on purpose,” Showalter said. “He’s pretty good.” … Bench coach Glenn Sherlock remained on the COVID-19 list.
Giants: With originally scheduled starter Alex Wood pushed back to Saturday, the Giants haven’t signed a starter for Friday’s opener of their three-game series at the Washington Nationals.
Mets: LHP David Peterson (0-0, 0.00 ERA), who pitched 4 2/3 innings in his first start of the season on Sunday, opens a six-game road trip Friday by taking the mound against the Diamondbacks of arizona.
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