The Venezuelan Carlos Carrasco, of the New York Mets, won his 12th victory of the 2022 Major League Baseball (MLB) campaign on Friday night.
The right-handed pitcher managed to contain the bats of the Atlanta Braves. The only considerable damage he received was the home run he gave him, in the fifth inning and with a running runner, Ronald Acuña Jr.
The Braves' star outfielder, who had gone 71 at-bats without hitting the ball out of the park, raised his arms and looked heavenward as he ended the home run drought.
In six innings, the "Cookie", who recorded a chain of more than 20 chapters without being stepped on the plate, allowed four hits, three runs, gave away a walk and struck out six rivals.
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Carrasco managed to take the victory thanks to the offensive support of his teammates. Pete Alonso, Daniel Vogelbach and Tyler Naquin twice hit four homers and drove in all six runs in the Queens ninth.
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For his part, the Puerto Rican closer pitched two solid innings, with three strikeouts, to score his 24th save of the season.
With this victory (6 to 4), the native of Barquisimeto, Lara state, reached 101 victories in the MLB and equaled Kelvim Escobar's historical record (101-91).
Now, Carrasco and Escobar share number seven among the Venezuelan pitchers with the most victories in the "Big Show."
The Mets, who have the third-best record of 2022 (67-38), started a vital series against the Braves on Thursday with the right foot.