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Final score: Reds 6, Mets 2—Bats a Black Hole

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Carlos Carrasco had a positive Mets debut, but the Mets’ offense was stymied by Sonny Gray and the Reds.

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On the very first pitch Carlos Carrasco threw on the mound at Citi Field, he gave up a home run to now NL Rookie of the Year favorite Jonathan India. The building had been buzzing due to a combination of Cookie’s debut, the return of the black jerseys, and post-trading deadline excitement. The energy seemed to instantly evaporate, but Carrasco did not yield another run after that in his four innings of work.

The problem is that the Mets also failed to score much after the first inning and the bullpen did not do its job. The Mets tied up the game in the bottom of the first against Sonny Gray on a Jeff McNeil RBI double following a Brandon Nimmo walk. But the Mets proceeded to load the bases with nobody out and fail to get another run across the plate. Gray settled in after that, retiring the eleven Mets he faced in a row.

The Reds snapped the 1-1 tie in the fifth inning off Miguel Castro on a double by India, followed by a Jesse Winker RBI single. Joey Votto added an insurance run off Drew Smith in sixth, homering for the seventh straight game. The Mets’ best chance to come back came in the bottom of the eighth, when James McCann singled with one out and Nimmo followed with a walk to put the tying run on base. But Mychal Givens, newly acquired by the Reds, worked his way out of the jam by retiring McNeil and Pete Alonso to end the threat.

Meanwhile, the Reds poured it on in the top of the ninth in Anthony Banda’s second inning of work, putting up a three spot to extend their lead to 6-1. The Mets did manage to rally for one run off Amir Garrett in the ninth on a Brandon Drury pinch hit double, but the comeback attempt fell short, as the Mets fall to 4-5 on the homestand.

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