|Carlos Carrasco pitching to Kyle Farmer in the first inning on Tuesday night. Photo by Jason Schott.|
The Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds, 6-2, on Tuesday night at Citi Field, led by a superb start from Carlos Carrasco, a two-run home run from Francisco Lindor, his 20th of the season, and a big night from Jeff McNeil, who had a solo homer and two RBI.
The Mets, who have won 14 of their last 16 games, will go for the sweep on Wednesday afternoon. They are now 72-39, and they maintained their seven-game lead in the National League East over the Atlanta Braves, who beat the Boston Red Sox, 9-7, in 11 innings at Fenway Park.
Carrasco earned his 13th win of the season, as he improved to 13-4, giving him the most wins he has had since he won 17 in 2018, while he was with the Cleveland Indians. He lowered his ERA to 3.76, as he went 6 2/3 innings, and allowed two runs, both earned, on seven hits and a walk, with nine strikeouts.
Lindor gave the Mets the lead in the third when he launched his two-run home run to left field, and that gave him 20 home runs and 79 RBI on the season. He has already matched his home run total from last season, which was his first in New York after he played six years with the Clevleland Indians. His 79 RBI is already 16 more than last year's 63 RBI, and there is still 51 games left in the Mets' season. He also is hitting .268 this season, with a .344 on-base percentage, a bit higher than last year's .230 BA and .322 OBP.
The Mets added to their lead in the fourth when Jeff McNeil hit a solo shot, for his seventh homer of the season, to make it 3-0.
In the sixth, Darin Ruf had a one-out double, and scored on a double from McNeil, which that gave him 44 RBI on the season.
After Cincinnati got on the board in the top of the seventh when Jake Fraley hit a two-run home run, Ruf got a two-run single to open up a 6-2 Mets lead.
After Carrasco exited, the Mets' bullpen had a great night, starting with Mychal Givens got out of a two-on, two-out jam in the too of the seventh by striking out Nick Senzel.
Trevor May, who was in his third outing since returning from injury, pitched a scoreless eighth as he worked around a Kyle Farmer single and a pair of walks by striking out the side, including Alejo Lopez with the bases loaded.
Since the Mets were up four runs, they gave closer Edwin Diaz his second straight night off, as Seth Lugo closed out the Reds with a scoreless ninth.