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Mets blank Cubs, 8-0

The New York Mets opened a four-game series with the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night at Wrigley Field and cruised to an 8-0 victory.

Carlos Carrasco tossed six shutout innings for New York while striking out six. The right-hander improved to 10-4 on the season. Trevor Williams followed Carrasco and fired three shutout innings.

The Mets jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Francisco Lindor ripped a run-scoring single to center.

New York extended the lead in the top of the third. Patrick Mazeika lined one down the right-field line for a two-run double and one batter later Starling Marte hammered an RBI single to center to make it 4-0.


Eduardo Escobar smoked an RBI single to right in the top of the fifth to increase the lead to 5-0.

In the top of the sixth, Brandon Nimmo crushed his ninth home run of the season over the center-field wall.

Pete Alonso capped off the scoring in the top of the eighth with a two-run shot over the center-field wall. That was his 24th long ball of the season.

Taijuan Walker will get the ball on Friday afternoon as the Mets will try to take the first two games of the series. The first pitch is slated for 2:20 p.m.



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