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Escobar homers again, Carrasco leads the Mets to a 4-1 win over the Rangers

New York (CBS/AP) – Eduardo Escobar homered for the third straight game, Carlos Carrasco bounced back from a pair of poor starts and the New York Mets topped the Texas Rangers 4-1 on Sunday.

Starling Marte went deep for the second straight day and Jeff McNeil hit an RBI double to help the NL East leaders take two of three in the interleague series, giving them 15 wins in their last 20 home games.

The win was Buck Showalter’s 1,600th as a major league manager, beating one of his former teams to pass Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda for 22nd.

It was Jonah Heim’s second straight for the Rangers, his 12th of the season. He started the day with Atlanta’s Travis d’Arnaud as the catcher in the majors.

Carrasco (9-4) struck out eight and walked one in 5 2/3 innings. He was coming off back-to-back losses for Houston, which marked him for a combined 11 runs and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings.

The 35-year-old right-hander was hoisted with two out and high-fived his infielders on the mound before clapping his gloves as the crowd of 25,241 drew a standing ovation.

Joely Rodriguez retired Kole Calhoun, who homered twice and knocked in four runs on Saturday. The left-hander also managed a two-out seventh inning before Adam Ottavino pitched a perfect eighth.

June’s NL reliever of the month, Edwin Diaz, had three outs for his 18th save in 21 attempts. With two runners on, he struck out Mitch Garver and got Leody Taveras on a fly ball to end it.

A Texas error sparked a quick Mets rally in the fourth.

Pete Alonso struck out to start the inning, but the pitch got away from Heim behind the plate. His first throw was to a runner just ahead of Alonso, and the ball hit Nathaniel Lowe, who tentatively reached him as Alonso approached.

The bullpen slugger ran to second base as the ball rolled into right field. Heim was charged with the error, the first for the Rangers in six games. They have won just one of 13 games since June 17 — the fewest in the majors during that span.

McNeil followed with a tie-breaking double off Jon Gray (4-4) the next pitch, and Escobar hit an 0-2 fastball into the Texas bullpen in right-center for his ninth home run to make it 4-1.

Hitting the button, the third baseman powered up as he sped off. He hit a home run in all three games of the series, including a three-run shot in Friday night’s 4-3 victory.

Marte scored on an 0-1 pitch in the first inning for the second day in a row.

Gray gave up four runs, three earned and six hits on seven strikeouts and one walk in 5 2/3 innings. He won his previous three starts, and Texas has won nine straight games started by Gray and teammate Martín Perez, who beat the Mets on Saturday.

MOVE UP

New York promoted 20-year-old catcher and DH Francisco Álvarez from Double-A Binghamton to Triple-A Syracuse. Regarded as one of baseball’s top prospects, Alvarez hit 18 homers, 47 RBIs and a .922 OPS in 67 games at Double-A. As the Mets get little offensive production at catcher and DH, he could be called up to the majors in the second half.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom, Class A St. In his first minor league rehab start for Lucie, he was ready to throw about 25 pitches and two hits Sunday night. The two-time Cy Young Award winner was sidelined for the entire season with a stress reaction that caused inflammation in his right scapula. … Reserve pitcher Travis Jankowski (broken left hand) is taking batting practice in the infield and could begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Syracuse soon.

THE ROSTER IS MOVING

The Mets placed LHP David Peterson on the paternity list and recalled RHP Colin Holderman from Triple-A Syracuse.

NEXT

Rangers: RHP Dane Dunning (1-6, 4.09 ERA) begins a three-game series against Orioles RHP Dean Kremer (2-1, 1.29) in Baltimore on Monday afternoon. Dunning, who has received little run support this season, is winless in his last 11 starts. He is 0-5 with a 5.58 ERA on the road this year and has just one career win, a home win against the White Sox in September 2020 in Pittsburgh. Texas has lost its last eight starters.

Mets: RHP Taijuan Walker (6-2, 2.72 ERA) pitches Monday night in the opener of a three-game series at National League-worst Cincinnati. Hard-throwing rookie RHP Hunter Greene (3-9, 5.72) goes for the Reds. Walker threw 7 1/3 shutout innings of four-hit ball against Houston last Wednesday.

Escobar homers again, Carrasco leads the Mets to a 4-1 win over the Rangers

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