Carlos Carrasco made his first Major League rehab start with Syracuse on Tuesday night as the Syracuse Mets fell in the series opener to the Buffalo Bisons, 14-1, at Trenton Thunder Ballpark. Carrasco pitched one and two-thirds innings, allowing five runs, all via home runs, while walking three and striking out one.
Buffalo (39-25) struck first with a Kevin Smith solo home run off Carrasco in the bottom of the first inning to give the Bisons the early 1-0 lead.
Buffalo kept up the home run balls in the second. After Tyler White and Riley Adams walked to lead off the inning, Cullen Large hit a three-run home run to extend the Bisons lead to 4-0. Richard Ureña then stepped in and made it back-to-back home runs with a solo shot to make it 5-0.
In the bottom of the fourth, Ureña and Dilson Herrera led off with walks. After Logan Warmoth and Kevin Smith were retired, Christian Colón walked to load the bases. Alejandro Kirk followed with a two-run single to increase the Buffalo lead to 7-0.
In the bottom of the sixth, Warmoth led off with a walk. After Smith flew out and Colón struck out, Kirk singled, advancing Warmoth to second. White then stepped in and hit his third home run in as many games, a three-run shot to give Buffalo a 10-0 lead.
Syracuse (23-43) finally picked up their first hit and first run in the top of the seventh. Buffalo starter Bowden Francis took a no-hit bid into the inning, but Albert Almora Jr. broke it up with a solo home run to lead off the frame. Francis completed the inning, not allowing another hit, and finished his night with seven innings pitched, allowing one run on one hit, two walks, and seven strikeouts.
Buffalo added to their big lead into the bottom of the eighth. Syracuse infielder Drew Jackson came in to pitch and allowed a leadoff single to Smith and then a walk to Colón. Kirk followed and hit a three-run homer to make it a 13-1 Bisons advantage, giving Kirk five RBIs on the evening. Buffalo would add one last run with an Ureña sacrifice fly that scored Adams later in the inning to make it a 14-1 game.
The Mets and Bisons return to Trenton Thunder Ballpark on Wednesday for a 7:00 p.m. first pitch where Vance Worley will take the ball for Syracuse in game two of the series.