Rafael Montero and the bullpen opened the flood gates for the Phillies in a Labor Day matinee performance, but the Mets bats made sure they wouldn’t pry this win away from them.
New York, who had lost six of their previous seven games coming into Monday, scored early and often to secure just their 59th victory of the season.
“It was an important win with all the bad news that we’ve received lately,” Mets infielder Jose Reyes said. “We still had to go out to do our jobs out on the field. We know what the team is going through with all the injuries this season, but we still have to keep playing hard and finish off the season strong.”
While Montero didn’t replicate his previous outing where he one-hit the Reds over eight innings, the right-hander had just enough to improve his record to 4-9 on the season.
He sprinkled several runners across his first five innings to begin his afternoon, but allowed just one run after being staked to a 10-0 lead.
“Before we sent him to the minors the last time, he was told by the pitching coach, by me, by his own peers, if you can’t throw the ball over the plate, you can’t pitch here,” Terry Collins said of Montero.
“When he went down, we said ‘we need to see strikes.’ And he went down and threw strikes. Since he’s come back, he’s done exactly the same thing.”
With not allowing a run until the fifth inning, Montero ended his scoreless innings streak at 12 1/3 innings dating to his last start at Cincinnati on Aug. 30. The 12 1/3 scoreless streak is the longest such streak of his career.
In the sixth, however, the 26-year-old departed with the bases loaded and Paul Sewald allowed all of the inherited runners to score to cut the Mets lead in half.
“When I came in, I was little bit off, but I tried to bounce back,” Montero said.
Each of the starting nine came around to score for the Mets on Monday, while Reyes, Plawecki, Nimmo and Juan Lagares chipped in multi-hit efforts in the pounding of Philadelphia.
New York is 10-4 vs. the Phillies this season and has won double-digit games vs. the Phillies in each of the last six seasons. The six-year streak of double-digit wins vs. Philadelphia is the Mets’ longest such streak of double-digit wins vs. the Phillies in team history.
The Mets will look to keep the good times rolling against the cellar dwelling Phillies on Tuesday with ace Jacob deGrom on the hill.