Montero wins again, Plawecki homers as Mets top Reds 6-1

NEW YORK (AP) As the New York Mets try to put this lost season behind them and look ahead to next year, Rafael Montero, Kevin Plawecki and a handful of other youngsters are benefiting from their opportunities in the majors.

Montero overcame five walks to win his third straight start, Plawecki hit a two-run homer and the Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-1 on Saturday night.

''Even though we sit where we sit as far as records go, like I said before the game, some of these guys are playing for something,'' manager Terry Collins said. ''They know all eyes are on them and the better they play, the better chances in spring that they're certainly going to have to make this club.''

After losing five of six, the Mets have won four straight for the first time since July 19-22.

Cincinnati's third consecutive defeat ensured its fourth losing season in a row and 14th in 17 years.

Montero (5-9) was lifted with a 2-1 lead after throwing 97 pitches. He gave up four hits and weaved in and out of trouble for five innings. The right-hander is 4-1 with a 2.75 ERA in his last six starts, crediting the work he did on his changeup during the offseason in the Dominican Republic.

''I think it's the first time here in the big leagues that I've won three games like that consecutively,'' Montero said through a translator.

Chasen Bradford, Josh Smoker, Jeurys Familia and Jamie Callahan combined to throw four innings of hitless relief for New York.

When catcher Rene Rivera was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 19, Plawecki was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas. He produced that same night in Montero's win with a two-run homer. And once again on Saturday, Plawecki backed his batterymate. His two-out homer to left field in the second off Homer Bailey (4-8) put the Mets ahead.

Since his return to the majors, Plawecki is hitting .302 with four doubles, two home runs and five RBIs in 13 games while sharing time with Travis d'Arnaud behind the plate.

''Just seeing the ball and hitting it. Just doing what I've been doing,'' said Plawecki, who was batting .125 when he was demoted May 25. ''The past couple of years where I've had success, (I was) not overthinking it. I think early on when I first got up here, I maybe got a little passive with things.''

Cincinnati took a 1-0 lead in the second on Scott Schebler's sacrifice fly, but Montero limited the damage by escaping a bases-loaded jam.

The Reds have been outscored 18-4 during the first three games of this four-game set. They left nine runners on base Saturday night.

''We swung the bats really well,'' manager Bryan Price said. ''I thought the first game we didn't have much to show for it, but since then we haven't done much offensively or pitching-wise.''

Montero faced another jam in the third before striking out Schebler looking with runners on first and second to end the threat.

The Reds once again threatened in the fourth, putting runners on second and third with two outs, but Montero wiggled out of trouble by getting All-Star shortstop Zack Cozart to fly out to the warning track.

The Mets increased the lead to 3-1 on rookie Dominic Smith's two-out RBI single in the sixth.

The following inning, New York chased Bailey after the right-hander hit Matt Reynolds with a pitch and walked pitcher Jacob deGrom, who was pinch-hitting.

Nori Aoki's two-run single off Michael Lorenzen made it 5-1, and Asdrubal Cabrera's RBI double increased it to 6-1. Schebler prevented further damage with a diving catch in center.

Bailey allowed five runs and six hits in six-plus innings.

''I've got nothing for you,'' he said. ''It just hasn't been working out during the seventh, and (I've) got to figure out a way how to do it.''

NEVER FORGOTTEN

Mets players and coaches wore first responder caps during pregame warmups and will do so again Sunday to commemorate the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

FIRST TIME

Mets rookie Phillip Evans got his first major league hit with a pinch-hit double in the fifth. Evans debuted Friday and lined out in his first at-bat.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: RF Jesse Winker (strained left hip flexor) ran the bases. The 24-year-old Winker, who got injured Aug. 24 while running out a grounder, was hitting .310 since his promotion to the majors Aug. 1.

Mets: Rookie SS Amed Rosario (bruised right index finger) did not start but played for the first time in six game. He pinch-ran for deGrom in the seventh and scored a run. The 22-year-old Rosario is expected to start Sunday. ... RHP Noah Syndergaard (torn right lat muscle) will throw 50 pitches in a simulated game Sunday.

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Sal Romano (4-6, 4.62 ERA) starts the series finale Sunday. Romano, who is 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in his last four starts, got the win Aug. 29 against New York, allowing three runs in six innings.

Mets: On the mound is deGrom (14-9, 3.65), looking to surpass his career high for wins set in 2015. The Mets' ace is coming off a poor start Tuesday against Philadelphia in which he lasted a season-low 3 2/3 innings and gave up a career-high nine runs, six earned, in the loss.

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  • W: R. Montero (5-9)L: H. Bailey (4-8)
  • HR: NYM - K. Plawecki (2)
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S. Gennett 2B41200012.302.352.546.8982.5
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  • a-grounded out for Shackelford in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Reyes SS30000112.237.307.399.7060.5
N. Aoki RF41120002.279.326.405.7314.0
A. Cabrera 3B41210000.268.338.420.7596.0
B. Nimmo LF40100012.283.414.415.8290.5
J. Lagares CF40000003.254.297.386.6830.0
D. Smith 1B31110120.200.250.360.6103.0
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M. Reynolds 2B31200010.217.321.293.6143.5
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c- T. Taijeron PH00000000.174.269.391.6611.0
J. Callahan P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-doubled for Montero in the 5th
  • b-walked for Smoker in the 7th
  • c-hit by pitch for Familia in the 8th
BATTING
  • SF - S. Schebler (4)
  • SH - H. Bailey (7)
  • RBI - S. Schebler (58)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Cabrera 2 (28), P. Evans
  • HR - K. Plawecki (2)
  • SH - J. Reyes (4)
  • RBI - N. Aoki 2 (32), A. Cabrera (48), D. Smith (14), K. Plawecki 2 (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Smith (6), K. Plawecki 2 (5)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - P. Ervin (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - J. Votto, S. Gennett, E. Suarez
FIELDING
  • PB - K. Plawecki (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
H. Bailey (L, 4-8)6.06553517.261.761.5
M. Lorenzen1.02110004.241.370.0
K. Shackelford1.01000105.821.622.5
PITCHERSIP
H. Bailey (L, 4-8)6.0
M. Lorenzen1.0
K. Shackelford1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Montero (W, 5-9)5.04115505.051.6914.5
C. Bradford (H, 2)1.20001403.381.134.0
J. Smoker (H, 4)0.10000005.551.770.0
J. Familia1.00000104.861.503.5
J. Callahan1.00000003.381.503.0
PITCHERSIP
R. Montero (W, 5-9)5.0
C. Bradford (H, 2)1.2
J. Smoker (H, 4)0.1
J. Familia1.0
J. Callahan1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - H. Bailey (6), K. Shackelford (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - H. Bailey 107-61, M. Lorenzen 17-9, K. Shackelford 17-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Bailey 9-3, M. Lorenzen 1-2, K. Shackelford 1-1
  • Batters Faced - H. Bailey 27, M. Lorenzen 5, K. Shackelford 5
PITCHING
  • IBB - R. Montero (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Montero 97-53, C. Bradford 26-15, J. Smoker 3-3, J. Familia 13-10, J. Callahan 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Montero 4-6, C. Bradford 1-0, J. Smoker 1-0, J. Familia 1-1, J. Callahan 2-1
  • Batters Faced - R. Montero 24, C. Bradford 6, J. Smoker, J. Familia 3, J. Callahan 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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Z. Cozart SS30000112.300.392.538.9310.5
J. Votto 1B30000101.313.449.5801.0291.0
S. Gennett 2B41200012.302.352.546.8982.5
E. Suarez 3B20000211.269.377.480.8571.5
S. Schebler CF30010023.234.313.482.7940.0
P. Kivlehan RF30000121.208.299.390.6880.0
T. Barnhart C30000101.266.345.382.7281.0
H. Bailey P20100010.273.273.318.5910.5
M. Lorenzen P0000-000.182.182.455.000-
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  • a-grounded out for Shackelford in the 9th
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J. Reyes SS30000112.237.307.399.7060.5
N. Aoki RF41120002.279.326.405.7314.0
A. Cabrera 3B41210000.268.338.420.7596.0
B. Nimmo LF40100012.283.414.415.8290.5
J. Lagares CF40000003.254.297.386.6830.0
D. Smith 1B31110120.200.250.360.6103.0
K. Plawecki C41121011.239.307.403.7106.5
M. Reynolds 2B31200010.217.321.293.6143.5
R. Montero P10000001.083.083.083.1670.0
a- P. Evans PH10100000.500.5001.0001.5002.0
C. Bradford P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Smoker P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. deGrom PH00000100.219.242.281.5241.0
A. Rosario PR01000000.245.272.427.6991.0
J. Familia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- T. Taijeron PH00000000.174.269.391.6611.0
J. Callahan P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-doubled for Montero in the 5th
  • b-walked for Smoker in the 7th
  • c-hit by pitch for Familia in the 8th
BATTING
  • SF - S. Schebler (4)
  • SH - H. Bailey (7)
  • RBI - S. Schebler (58)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Cabrera 2 (28), P. Evans
  • HR - K. Plawecki (2)
  • SH - J. Reyes (4)
  • RBI - N. Aoki 2 (32), A. Cabrera (48), D. Smith (14), K. Plawecki 2 (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Smith (6), K. Plawecki 2 (5)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - P. Ervin (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - J. Votto, S. Gennett, E. Suarez
FIELDING
  • PB - K. Plawecki (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
H. Bailey (L, 4-8)6.06553517.261.761.5
M. Lorenzen1.02110004.241.370.0
K. Shackelford1.01000105.821.622.5
Total8.0966361---
PITCHERSIP
H. Bailey (L, 4-8)6.0
M. Lorenzen1.0
K. Shackelford1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Montero (W, 5-9)5.04115505.051.6914.5
C. Bradford (H, 2)1.20001403.381.134.0
J. Smoker (H, 4)0.10000005.551.770.0
J. Familia1.00000104.861.503.5
J. Callahan1.00000003.381.503.0
Total9.04116100---
PITCHERSIP
R. Montero (W, 5-9)5.0
C. Bradford (H, 2)1.2
J. Smoker (H, 4)0.1
J. Familia1.0
J. Callahan1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - H. Bailey (6), K. Shackelford (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - H. Bailey 107-61, M. Lorenzen 17-9, K. Shackelford 17-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Bailey 9-3, M. Lorenzen 1-2, K. Shackelford 1-1
  • Batters Faced - H. Bailey 27, M. Lorenzen 5, K. Shackelford 5
PITCHING
  • IBB - R. Montero (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Montero 97-53, C. Bradford 26-15, J. Smoker 3-3, J. Familia 13-10, J. Callahan 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Montero 4-6, C. Bradford 1-0, J. Smoker 1-0, J. Familia 1-1, J. Callahan 2-1
  • Batters Faced - R. Montero 24, C. Bradford 6, J. Smoker, J. Familia 3, J. Callahan 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Cabrera doubled to deep center, Aoki scored16
    Aoki singled to right center, Reynolds and Rosario scored, Aoki to second15
  • 6TH INNING
    Smith singled to right center, Cabrera scored13
  • 2ND INNING
    Plawecki homered to left, Smith scored12
    Schebler hit sacrifice fly to right, Gennett scored, Suarez to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jamie Callahan pitching
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Barnhart grounded out to third
    • Jose Peraza hit for Kevin Shackelford
    • J. Peraza: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Peraza grounded out to shortstop
    • P. Ervin: Ervin flied out to center
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jeurys Familia pitching
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Suarez fouled out to first
    • S. Schebler: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Schebler struck out looking
    • P. Kivlehan: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kivlehan grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kevin Shackelford relieved Michael Lorenzen
    • D. Smith: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
    • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Plawecki grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Reynolds singled to center
    • Travis Taijeron hit for Jeurys Familia
    • T. Taijeron: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Taijeron hit by pitch, Reynolds to second
    • J. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Reyes lined out to first
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • C. Bradford Pitching:
    • P. Ervin: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ervin struck out swinging
    • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cozart struck out swinging
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Votto walked
    • Josh Smoker relieved Chasen Bradford
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Foul, Gennett reached on fielder's choice to second, Votto out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Bailey Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reynolds hit by pitch
    • Jacob deGrom hit for Josh Smoker
    • J. deGrom: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, deGrom walked, Reynolds to second
    • Michael Lorenzen relieved Homer Bailey
    • Amed Rosario ran for Jacob deGrom
    • J. Reyes: Ball, Reyes hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Reynolds to third, Rosario to second
    • N. Aoki: Ball, Ball, Aoki singled to right center, Reynolds and Rosario scored, Aoki to second
    • A. Cabrera: Foul, Cabrera doubled to deep center, Aoki scored
    • B. Nimmo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nimmo lined out to center
    • J. Lagares: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Lagares lined out to second
    • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Chasen Bradford pitching
    • P. Kivlehan: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Kivlehan struck out swinging
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Barnhart grounded out to second
    • H. Bailey: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bailey struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Bailey Pitching:
    • A. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cabrera doubled to deep right center
    • B. Nimmo: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Nimmo grounded out to second, Cabrera to third
    • J. Lagares: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Lagares grounded out to second
    • D. Smith: Ball, Smith singled to right center, Cabrera scored
    • K. Plawecki: Ball, Plawecki reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Smith out at second
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • R. Montero Pitching:
    • J. Votto: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Votto grounded out to second
    • S. Gennett: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gennett singled to left
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Schebler grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • H. Bailey Pitching:
    • K. Plawecki: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Plawecki struck out swinging
    • M. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Reynolds struck out looking
    • Phillip Evans hit for Rafael Montero
    • P. Evans: Strike looking, Evans doubled to deep left
    • J. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reyes walked
    • N. Aoki: Aoki reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Reyes out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • R. Montero Pitching:
    • P. Kivlehan: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Kivlehan walked
    • T. Barnhart: Strike swinging, Barnhart flied out to center
    • H. Bailey: Bailey hit sacrifice bunt to first, Kivlehan to second
    • P. Ervin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ervin reached on an infield single to pitcher, Kivlehan to third
    • Z. Cozart: Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ervin stole second, Ball, Cozart flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • H. Bailey Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Nimmo singled to left
    • J. Lagares: Lagares grounded into double play third to second to first, Nimmo out at second
    • D. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • R. Montero Pitching:
    • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cozart walked
    • J. Votto: Ball, Votto lined out to left
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Gennett struck out on foul tip
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Suarez walked, Cozart to second
    • S. Schebler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Schebler struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Bailey Pitching:
    • J. Reyes: Ball, Reyes flied out to left
    • N. Aoki: Ball, Aoki grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera popped out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • R. Montero Pitching:
    • S. Gennett: Strike swinging, Ball, Gennett singled to left
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Suarez walked, Gennett to second
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Gennett to third on passed ball, Schebler hit sacrifice fly to right, Gennett scored, Suarez to second
    • P. Kivlehan: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Kivlehan struck out swinging
    • T. Barnhart: Barnhart intentionally walked
    • H. Bailey: Strike looking, Ball, Bailey singled to right center, Suarez to third, Barnhart to second
    • P. Ervin: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ervin fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Bailey Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Nimmo struck out on foul tip
    • J. Lagares: Ball, Ball, Lagares grounded out to first
    • D. Smith: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Smith walked
    • K. Plawecki: Ball, Plawecki homered to left, Smith scored
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Reynolds reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • R. Montero: Foul, Montero grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • R. Montero Pitching:
    • P. Ervin: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Ervin struck out looking
    • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cozart flied out to left
    • J. Votto: Votto grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Bailey Pitching:
    • J. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Reyes struck out on foul tip
    • N. Aoki: Foul, Ball, Ball, Aoki flied out to right
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)