MIAMI (AP) — Carlos Carrasco earned his 100th career win, pitching four-hit ball into the eighth inning as the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 4-0 Saturday night.
Francisco Lindor had three hits, including his 17th homer, while Jeff McNeil and J.D. Davis also went deep for the NL East leaders, who won their fifth straight.
The 35-year-old Carrasco (11-4) walked two and struck out seven in 7 2/3 innings. He became the eighth Venezuelan pitcher to reach 100 major league wins.
“To be on that list makes me profoundly proud,” Carrasco said. “I will continue to work hard and try to reach bigger milestones. What matters most is that I feel healthy.”
Through 100 games, the Mets (63-37) have the second-best record in club history. The 1986 World Series championship team was 68-32 at the same point.
“We’ve played some good baseball and we’ve had our challenges,” manager Buck Showalter said. “They’ve been inflicted by other teams, not self-inflicted. That’s something I’ve been proud of.”
The Marlins lost their sixth in a row at home. They have not homered in their own ballpark since July 5 — a stretch of 11 games.
Miami starter Nick Neidert (0-1) retired his first seven batters before McNeil connected in the third. Tomás Nido and Brandon Nimmo followed with consecutive singles, and Lindor’s two-out RBI single made it 2-0.
McNeil’s drive snapped a 2-for-27 slide. He initially received the silent treatment from teammates in the dugout after completing his home run trot but soon was swarmed in celebration.
“I thought it was going to be the next inning,” McNeil said of the extended silence. “It lasted a few pitches, but a good celebration.”
Third baseman Charles Leblanc went 1 for 3 in his major league debut for the Marlins….