Mets embarrassed by Braves in loss, Carlos Carrasco injured

ATLANTA — Any “luck” the Mets might have previously received against the Braves disappeared Monday night.

Not only were the Mets thoroughly embarrassed by the top threat to their NL East title dreams, but for a second straight game a key player departed with an injury.

This one hit the rotation. Carlos Carrasco returned to pitch following a 55-minute rain delay and was holding his left side as he departed through the dugout tunnel after the second inning, adding to the Mets’ disgust in their 13-1 loss to the Braves at Truist Park.

Carrasco’s ailment — called “left side tightness” by the team — occurred only hours after the Mets placed Luis Guillorme on the injured list with a “moderate” left groin strain. The expectation is Guillorme, who departed Sunday’s game with the injury, will miss the next four to six weeks.

William Contreras celebrates after his home run against the Mets on Monday.

After allowing four earned runs over 2 ²/₃ innings in a loss to the Mets at Citi Field eight days earlier, rookie Braves pitcher Spencer Strider alluded to the home team’s “luck” with well-placed hits.

Before Monday’s game, Mets pitcher Taijuan Walker indicated Strider’s comments were misguided.

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