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Final score: Mets 2, Reds 0—Masterful Montero

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The Mets avoided a ninth inning nightmare after Montero’s excellent start.

MLB: New York Mets at Cincinnati Reds David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Following a rough night for Mets pitchers on Tuesday, the team bounced back in a big way Wednesday to shut out the Reds in a 2-0 victory. Three doubles from Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores, and Kevin Plawecki gave the Mets that lead in the first inning. And that was all Rafael Montero needed.

After hitting one of his lowest points as a major leaguer earlier this season, Montero has really picked up steam. And in this game, he reached his peak, as he struck out eight and brought a one-hitter into the bottom of the ninth.

Montero got Billy Hamilton to ground out to start the inning but appeared to run out of gas once his pitch count got over 110. He gave up back-to-back hits to Phillip Ervin and Zack Cozart to put the tying runs in scoring. Then Terry Collins intentionally walked Joey Votto and put in A.J. Ramos, leaving Montero on the hook for a potential hard-luck loss.

But Ramos got the job done, striking out two Reds to shut the door and give Montero a well-deserved win in the best start of his career.

GameThread Roll Call

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  3. Ownbey4Mex: 70
  4. JR and the Off-Balance Shots: 51
  5. Knurk: 38
  6. NateW: 36
  7. The Glider: 34
  8. Oak Beach Inn: 34
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  10. stickguy: 20