After returning from a rainy night in Georgia, in which their postponed 3-1 lead led to nowhere, DL designated Noah Syndergaard’s replacement surrendered five runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings, and with no one else to turn to, Terry Collins will be forced to keep Montero in the rotation.
The prospect that had so much promise got the first two outs in the first inning then walked the next two batters before retiring Marcell Ozuna on a fly ball to center.
The torrid bat of T.J. Rivera landed him a raise in the line-up, and batting in the two spot he drew first blood in the bottom frame with a solo homer to left.
Montero looked sharp in the second, getting a pair of strikeouts, his only misstep, a single to center by shortstop, Miguel Rojas.
But in the third Miami evened the score on singles by Martin Prado and Ozuna, then in the fourth, the Marlins took Montero to the dugout, sending eleven batters to the plate, scoring six runs, two of which were charged to reliever Josh Smoker.
Wilmer Flores started the first of six consecutive Mets hits with a soft line drive to field. Jose Reyes rocketed a double, Rene Rivera singled in Flores, and Asdrubal Cabrera poked a pinch-hit to close the gap 7-5.
Magic Michael Conforto loaded the bases with a base hit to center, and T.J. Rivera lined a double to left driving in the tying runs.
Marlins Kyle Barraclough came in to stop the bleeding, and after consecutive strikeouts, with two on, he intentionally walked Granderson on a 3-0 count, loading the bases for the return of Wilmer Flores who walked in the go ahead run, winning run.
Mets relief held the Marlins to five scoreless innings, and it’s nights like tonight that conjure up Tug McGraw’s 1973 rallying cry, “You Gotta Believe.”