New York Mets

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 03: Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets hits in the first inning as William Contreras #24 of the Atlanta Braves defends during game two of a double header at Citi Field on May 03, 2022 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The New York Mets just keep finding ways to win, and in so doing keep winning series. The Mets swept a double-header from the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday; it was the second time this year the Amazin’s have swept a double-header this year — they swept the Giants a couple weeks ago at Citi Field.  The double-header sweep moved the Mets to 18-8 on the season, and assured they will go eight series deep into the season without having a losing series.

The Mets took Game One by the count of 5-4 behind big efforts from Travis Jankowski and Pete Alonso. Jankowski, who doesn’t get a lot of playing time in the outfield, led off, went 2-for-3 and scored three runs in the Mets victory.  Jankowski scored on Pete Alonso’s RBI single in the bottom of the first inning to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. He would score a second time on Alonso’s second RBI of the day, an infield single that gave the Mets a 4-1 advantage.  Jankowski would score once more, on Matt Canha’s sac fly in the fourth that pushed the Mets to a 5-1 lead.

David Peterson got the victory for New York, despite giving up four runs, including a three-run bomb by Matt Olson. Adam Ottavino, Drew Smith and Edwin Diaz combined to shut the Braves down out of the bullpen. Diaz earned his fifth save.

The nightcap was all about Mets starter Carlos Carrasco, who blanked the Atlanta Braves over eight innings. He scattered six hits, walked two and struck out five. It was the second time this season that Carrasco had gone into the eighth inning for New York, which he did against San Francisco on April 21. In three starts at Citi Field this year, Carrasco is 2-0 with a 0.87 ERA.

The Mets got all the runs Carrasco needed in the first inning when Dom Smith doubled home Jeff McNeil and Brandon Nimmo to make it a 2-0 ballgame. Carrasco made that slim lead stand up until Pete Alonso padded it with a solo shot the opposite way to right.

At 18-8 the Mets will try to clinch their eighth straight winning series with a win this afternoon against Atlanta.