September 10, 2014: Montero Leads Shutout for First Win

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Date: September 10, 2014
Mets starter: Rafael Montero
Mets: 2
Rockies: 0
Winning pitcher: Rafael Montero
Key player(s): Rafael Montero, Eric Young, Juan Lagares, Dilson Herrera
Key play: Young’s triple, Lagares’s sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Rockies on a Wednesday night at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Rafael Montero teamed up with four relievers for a shutout and his first major league win as the Mets defeated Colorado, 2-0.

Despite issuing two walks, Montero shut down the Mountain Men in the top of the first inning. Rockies’ starter Tyler Matzek surrendered only a walk to Wilmer Flores in the bottom half and Rafael retired the side in order in the top of the second. Dilson Herrera drew a walk with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Eric Young followed with a triple that drove home Herrera for a 1-0 Mets lead. Matzek then fanned Montero for the inning’s third out.

Montero and Matzek each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the fifth. Drew Stubbs doubled against Montero to lead off the top of the sixth. Justin Morneau got an infield single and Nolan Arenado went down on strikes. Mets’ reliever Dario Alvarez retired Corey Dickerson on a ground ball to catcher Travis d'Arnaud. New York’s Carlos Torres got Michael McKenry to pop out to shortstop Flores and finish off the inning. Matzek then hurled a perfect bottom half.

DJ LeMahieu singled with one out in the top of the seventh. Matzek bunted back to Torres for an inning-ending double play and issued a one-out walk to Herrera in the bottom half. Young singled and pinch-hitter Josh Satin walked to load the bases. Against Colorado reliever Matt Belisle, Juan Lagares hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Herrera with the Mets’ second run of the game. Belisle then retired Flores on a pop-up to second baseman LeMahieu to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Jeurys Familia gave up only a walk to Stubbs in the top of the eighth. The Rockies’ Yohan Flande yielded just a single to Daniel Murphy in the bottom half and New York’s Jenrry Mejia retired Dickerson on a pop-up to second baseman Herrera to start the top of the ninth. McKenry went down on strikes. Mejia then got Josh Rutledge on a ground ball back to the mound for the game’s final out. The Mets had a series-sweeping shutout victory as Montero chalked up his first win as a major leaguer.