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Carlos Carrasco goes 8 innings as Mets sweep Braves

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May 3, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies (1) forces out New York Mets right fielder Travis Jankowski (16) at second and throws to first to complete a double play on a ball hit by New York Mets catcher James McCann (not pictured) during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Carlos Carrasco became the first Mets pitcher in more than nine months to complete eight innings as New York finished off a doubleheader sweep of the visiting Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night, 3-0.

Pete Alonso homered for the final run in the nightcap after delivering a pair of RBI singles in opener, which the Mets won 5-4.

The sweep in the middle two games of the four-game series gives the Mets a chance to continue their franchise-record, season-opening streak of series wins to eight.

The Braves have lost four of five.

The Braves generated plenty of traffic against Carrasco (2-1), who allowed six hits and two walks while striking out five. He enjoyed just one 1-2-3 inning.

But Atlanta was 1-for-17 with runners on base against Carrasco, who is the first Mets pitcher to go eight innings since Marcus Stroman tossed eight innings of one-hit ball against the Cincinnati Reds on July 21, 2021.

Carrasco’s stint was his longest since he went eight innings for the then-Cleveland Indians in an 11-inning loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sept. 7, 2018.

Seth Lugo allowed a leadoff single to Ozzie Albies in the ninth but recorded his second save. He got Adam Duvall to fly out to center before inducing Travis Demeritte to hit into a 5-4-3 double play.

Mets first baseman Dominic Smith laced a two-run double in the first off Kyle Wright (3-1). The Mets also scored twice in the first game on their way to a wire-to-wire win.

Alonso, playing designated hitter, homered in the sixth. Four of his five round-trippers this season have come while serving as the designated hitter.

Alonso, Jeff McNeil and James McCann had two hits apiece.

Matt Olson had a pair of doubles for the Braves while Albies also had two hits.

Wright allowed three runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out three over seven innings.

–Field Level Media