Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Canha 4, Phillies 1


Mark Canha celebrating at first base after two runs came home on his fourth-inning single. Photo by Jason Schott.

Mark Canha provided all the offense the Mets needed in a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night at Citi Field. The Amazin's also got a solid start from Carlos Carrasco, who won his second straight outing.

After the Phillies jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the third on a solo home run from Eduardo Sosa that just cleared the fence in left field, the Mets rallied in the bottom half of the frame.

Daniel Vogelbach led off with a four-pitch walk against Phillies starter Aaron Nola, who retired the Mets in order in the first two innings, with five of the six outs infield pop-ups.

Mark Canha, who entered this one with three home runs and 12 RBI on the season, blasted one to left field, a no-doubter, for a two-run shot, and the Mets were up, 2-1.

Mark Canha approaching the plate on his home run, with Daniel Vogelbach waiting for him. Photo by Jason Schott.

In the fourth, Pete Alonso got a one-out single, followed by a Brett Baty walk. Starling Marte then struck out, but Vogelbach kept the inning alive with another walk to load the bases.

Canha came up again, and he lined one past the second baseman to bring in Alonso and Baty and open up a 4-1 lead for the Mets.

That was all Carrasco would need, as he went six innings, allowing just one run (earned) on six hits and a walk, with four strikeouts. He improved his record to 2-2, and lowered his ERA (earned run average) by, essentially, a run per game, from 6.75 to 5.74.

Carlos Carrasco firing one in to Trea Turner in the third inning. Photo by Jason Schott.

Brooks Raley pitched an inning-and-a-third, working around two hits with three strikeouts, and he earned his 12th hold of the season.

Adam Ottavino got the final two outs of the eighth before David Robertson came on and closed out his former team for the second straight night, earning his 10th save of the season.

The Mets improved to 29-27, while Philadelphia fell to 25-30, and the Mets will send Max Scherzer to the mound on Thursday afternoon looking to complete the sweep against old friend Taijuan Walker, who will be starting for Philadelphia.

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