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Chris Carter Postgame (1:06)

Carter discusses his home run and the Mets win over the Pirates (1:06)

Chris Carter was inserted into Friday's lineup in the cleanup spot and delivered a homer and two RBIs. Carter said he felt pressure being the game after starting in the No. 4 hole for only the third time in his major league career. But Jerry Manuel calmed him down by reminding him that he was in that spot because he's a solid hitter, not because he was suddenly expected to launch homers.