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Mets Blank Cubs

Carlos Carrasco pitched six sharp innings, Brandon Nimmo and Pete Alonso homered, and the New York Mets handed the Chicago Cubs their seventh straight loss, 8-0 on Thursday night.

 

The Mets won for the third time in four games, maintained their 2 1/2-game lead over Atlanta in the NL East and improved their road record to 28-19. The Cubs have totaled three runs over their last three games.

 

Thanks to Carrasco, Mets starters improved to 7-3 with a 2.55 ERA in 14 July games.

Carrasco (10-4) allowed only one runner to advance past first base. Yan Gomes hit a single and Christopher Morel walked with one out in the fourth, but Carrasco got a double-play grounder from Rafael Ortega.

 

In his last three starts, Carrasco has allowed three runs over 15 2/3 innings (1.72 ERA).

 

Nimmo's three hits paced a 12-hit attack. His homer off reliever Mark Leiter Jr. in the sixth extended the Mets' streak of hitting at least one homer at Wrigley Field to nine consecutive games.

 

Alonso hit his 24th homer, a two-run shot to center field, off Leiter in the eighth. Alonso has hit six homers in his last eight games at Wrigley.

 

Patrick Mazeika's two-run double highlighted a three-run second against Keegan Thompson (7-4) and provided ample support for Carrasco.

 

Mets right fielder Starling Marte, who missed the last four games due to left groin tightness, hit a single in the first and scored on Francisco Lindor's double without showing any signs of discomfort.

 

Cubs manager David Ross was ejected by third base umpire John Tumpane with two out in the fourth while arguing for a balk to be called on Carrasco.

 

Thompson, who had allowed one earned run over 9 2/3 innings in his previous two starts, was tagged for four runs on six hits in the first two innings. He then retired eight of nine batters before hitting Alonso with a 3-0 pitch with one out in the fifth.

 

That led to an RBI single by Eduardo Escobar, ending Thompson's night.

 

Nico Hoerner had two of the Cubs' five hits.

 

Cubs 1B Frank Schwindel (low back strain) was activated from the 10-day injured list. INF Andrelton Simmons (right shoulder strain) was placed on the 10-day IL.

 

The Mets will start RHP Taijuan Walker (7-2, 2.63) on Friday. Walker pitched seven scoreless innings July 10 in a 2-0 loss to the Marlins. Marcus Stroman (2-5, 4.91), who threw four scoreless innings July 9 in a 4-2 loss to the Dodgers, starts for the Cubs.

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