Mets takeaways from Wednesday’s 10-5 loss against Cardinals, including a benches-clearing brawl

Carlos Carrasco mid wind up in St. Petersburg Louis

The Mets couldn’t finish the sweep in St. Louis, dropping the final game of the series, 10-5, but not without tempers flaring.

Here are the key takeaways…

– Having not allowed a first-inning run in his first three starts, Carlos Carrasco surrendered one against the Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon. But after a clean second inning, it only got worse for Carrasco who was searching for his stuff all day.

The Mets quickly gave “Cookie” a lead, scoring four runs in the second inning off Steven Matz — who struggled in his own right — thanks to a pair of two-run doubles by Tomas Nido and Brandon Nimmo.

Carrasco couldn’t hold on to the lead, though, giving up two runs in the third on a Nolan Arenado single to right field. It all began to unravel for Carrasco in the fourth inning after the 8-9 hitters hit back-to-back singles to start the frame.

Tommy Edman drove home Yadier Molina on a double that tied it at four, a wild pitch gave the Cards the lead, and a softly hit ground ball to the pitcher by Corey Dickerson knocked in another and Carrasco was done for the game. Two more runs would score in the inning on a Dylan Carlson triple and St. Louis was suddenly in front, 8-4.

– Down by the same score in the sixth inning, the Mets ran themselves out of an inning with some backless decisions on the base paths.

lead off, Mark Canha hit a single down the third base line and was thrown out by Tyler O’Neill trying to stretch it into a double. Then, with two outs, Luis Guillorme hit a ball deep to center field, over the head of Carlson, and tried legging it out for a triple. But Carlson came up firing and threw a perfect strike to third base to nab Guillorme and end the fruitless inning.

– Tempers flared at the bottom of the eighth inning when recently-recalled relief pitcher Yoan Lopez threw near the head of Arenado in retaliation of JD Davis getting hit on the ankle, which forced him to leave the game. Three Mets batters were hitting on Tuesday night’s game and New York as a team has been hitting an MLB-most 19 times this season.

After escaping the hit-by-pitch, Arenado aggressively motioned towards Lopez before pushing Nido to the side and ran toward the mound. Both benches and bullpens cleared and a scuffle ensued, with Pete Alonsowho was hit on the helmet for the second time this season on Tuesday night, getting dragged down by Cardinals first base coach Stubby Clapp.

Clapp and Arenado were both ejected from the game.

After Tuesday night’s win, Starling Marte said “Whether it’s intentional or not, it has to stop. We’re tired of it and we’re going to have to do something about it if it continues to happen.”

Highlights

What’s next

The Mets get a much-needed off day before returning home to start a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 pm

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