With Jacob deGrom on the disabled list, the Mets recalled another phenom to take his start Tuesday night. No, not Noah Syndergaard. Rafael Montero got the nod in his second tour of duty in the big leagues this season. Like his first visit, it did not go well. He allowed three home runs as the Nationals pounded the Mets.
Bryce Harper got the barrage going in the second with a two-run homer.
Then a barrage of rain came after the second inning, resulting in a 25-minute rain.
Montero seemed to settle down until the sixth inning. Anthony Rendon led off with a home run. After a walk, Ian Desmond hit a two-run shot to give the Nationals a 5-0 lead and end Montero’s night. Carlos Torres did not fare any better. He allowed a single and yet another home run, this one the first homer of Michael Taylor’s career, as the Nationals built a 7-0 lead.
So Montero let up five runs in five innings. He allowed seven hits to go along with two walks and four strikeouts. In Montero’s first stint with the Mets, he allowed five home runs in four starts. So it appears Rafael Montero has a home run problem. Overall Rafael Montero is now 0-3 with a 6.12 ERA.
Meantime, Doug Fister shut down the Mets, scattering seven hits over seven shutout innings.
Ross Detwiler took over in the eighth and he promptly loaded the bases, courtesy of singles by Daniel Murphy and David Wright and hitting Lucas Duda with a pitch. Travis d’Arnaud flied out to shallow center for the first out. Eric Campbell hit one deep enough to center to plate Murphy for the Mets first run of the night. And with runners on first and third with two outs, Juan Lagares flied out to left and the Mets had to settle for just the one run.
Mets lose 7-1.