Montgomery outpitches Syndergaard as Royals top Mets 4-1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Mike Montgomery is settling back into being a starting pitcher again, and the results are showing.

The left-hander outdueled Noah Syndergaard as the Kansas City Royals ended their scoreless drought Friday night in a 4-1 victory over the New York Mets.

In his first three starts after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs in a trade, Montgomery was 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA. In his last three outings, he is 2-1 and has allowed just two earned runs in 18 innings.

''I feel a lot more comfortable,'' said Montgomery, a reliever with the Cubs. ''I'm finally kind of stretched out to be a starter full length and I felt good tonight.''

The hottest team in the majors until this week, the Mets have lost four of five after a 15-1 stretch propelled them into the crowded NL wild-card race. They are two games out of a playoff spot.

New York dropped the series opener at fourth-place Kansas City (44-78) in a rematch of the 2015 World Series won by the Royals in five games.

''For over two weeks now we've been getting that big hit,'' Mets left fielder J.D. Davis said. ''And during this road trip it just seems like here and there we haven't been getting that big hit. That's just baseball.''

Montgomery (3-5) pitched six strong innings and allowed just one unearned run on five hits while striking out three and walking two. It was the second consecutive start in which he didn't permit an earned run, following seven smooth innings Saturday in a 7-0 win over Detroit.

''Montgomery did a nice job setting up that cutter in, changeups down and away, just getting ahead of us,'' Davis said.

Ian Kennedy tossed a scoreless ninth for his 21st save in 24 opportunities. He retired Amed Rosario on a bases-loaded grounder to end it.

The Royals, coming off back-to-back shutout losses to the St. Louis Cardinals, finally snapped a 22-inning scoreless string in the fifth. And it was the bottom three guys in the lineup who came through. After Ryan O'Hearn singled, Meibrys Viloria and Nicky Lopez followed with consecutive RBI doubles off Syndergaard to give Kansas City a 2-1 lead.

The Royals added a couple of insurance runs in the eighth when Brett Phillips drew a bases-loaded walk from Edwin Diaz, and Bubba Starling singled home a run.

''They were huge,'' Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. ''Great at-bat by Phillips, great at-bat by Bubba to get them. We knew it was going to be tight, but you sure want a little breathing room going into the last inning.''

Outside of the fifth, Syndergaard (8-6) gave up little else. He threw six innings and allowed just the two runs on five hits with six strikeouts, snapping a streak of six consecutive starts of at least seven innings pitched. But after an RBI single from Michael Conforto in the third, the Mets couldn't generate anything else on offense.

After a brief rain rolled through in the first inning, Syndergaard struggled gripping the ball as the humidity soared.

''Just had to battle the elements out there. I don't know what it is about humidity, but we do not get along,'' he said.

SOLER ON A TEAR

Jorge Soler extended his torrid streak at the plate. The Royals' designated hitter reached base in all four plate appearances with a double and three walks. Over his last nine games, he is hitting .450 with a .639 on-base percentage and a 1.292 slugging percentage for a 1.930 OPS. In that span, Soler has eight home runs and 12 RBIs.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (left hamstring strain) threw a two-inning simulated game and looked good, according to Yost. The team will see how Duffy feels on Saturday, then decide whether to have him pitch another simulated game or send him out for a rehab assignment. ... SS Adalberto Mondesi (left shoulder) took batting practice on the field for the first time since getting hurt July 16.

Mets: Davis exited with a calf problem after beating out an infield single in the eighth. ... RHP Robert Gsellman was unavailable due to triceps soreness he's been dealing with for a couple of days. ... OF Brandon Nimmo began a rehab assignment with Class A St. Lucie and went 1 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout as the DH. Nimmo, on the 60-day injured list, hasn't played in the majors since May 20 because of a bulging disk in his neck.

ROSTER MOVES

Royals: Designated OF Billy Hamilton for assignment and recalled Phillips from Triple-A Omaha. The speedy Hamilton, who signed a one-year deal with the Royals in the offseason, hit .211 in 93 games and stole 18 bases. Phillips appeared in 36 games for Kansas City in 2018 after coming over in a trade with Milwaukee, but had spent all of this season at Omaha before Friday.

Mets: Selected the contract of RHP Paul Sewald from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned RHP Drew Gagnon to their top farm club. In addition, RHP Tim Peterson was designated for assignment. This is Sewald's third stint in the big leagues this season.

UP NEXT

Mets ace Jacob deGrom (7-7) faces Jakob Junis (8-10) in the second game of the series Saturday.

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KC44-78
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  • W: M. Montgomery (3-5)L: N. Syndergaard (8-6)S: I. Kennedy (21)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Rosario SS50200003.290.326.451.7772.0
J. Davis LF41200002.311.374.514.8873.0
A. Altherr PR-LF00000000.074.121.167.2870.0
P. Alonso 1B30000103.263.368.591.9601.0
M. Conforto RF30110002.258.364.491.8563.0
T. Frazier DH40100005.235.309.424.7321.0
J. Lagares CF40000032.207.272.283.555-1.5
J. Panik 2B40100001.237.311.317.6281.0
T. Nido C20000110.200.235.309.5440.5
a- W. Ramos PH10100000.279.348.417.7651.0
R. Tejada 3B20000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
b- L. Guillorme PH-3B10000110.184.225.289.5140.5
  • a-singled for Nido in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Tejada in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B40000001.303.357.483.8400.0
A. Gordon LF41100001.260.333.408.7402.0
H. Dozier 3B41200010.286.365.559.9243.5
J. Soler DH10100300.261.354.556.9095.0
B. Phillips RF30010114.000.250.000.2503.5
B. Starling CF40110033.214.252.306.5590.5
R. O'Hearn 1B41100026.177.267.310.5781.0
M. Viloria C41110013.232.283.357.6403.5
N. Lopez SS30110000.222.263.292.5553.0
    BATTING
    • RBI - M. Conforto (69)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rosario 3 (3), M. Conforto, T. Frazier 2 (2), J. Lagares
    BATTING
    • 2B - H. Dozier (22), J. Soler (25), M. Viloria (4), N. Lopez (15)
    • RBI - B. Phillips, B. Starling (8), M. Viloria (8), N. Lopez (17)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Gordon, B. Phillips, R. O'Hearn 3 (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - B. Phillips
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Panik-Rosario-Alonso)
    • E - J. Panik (4)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - B. Phillips
    • DP - 3 (Phillips-Lopez; Lopez-Merrifield-O'Hearn; Lopez-Merrifield-O'Hearn)
    • E - W. Merrifield (10)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    N. Syndergaard (L, 8-6)6.05222603.861.2110.0
    J. Wilson1.00000102.661.393.5
    B. Brach0.02221006.211.74-5.0
    E. Diaz1.01001105.441.491.5
    PITCHERSIP
    N. Syndergaard (L, 8-6)6.0
    J. Wilson1.0
    B. Brach0.0
    E. Diaz1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Montgomery (W, 3-5)6.05102304.631.5422.5
    J. Newberry (H, 3)1.00000202.931.194.0
    S. Barlow (H, 8)0.21000005.071.49-1.0
    T. Hill (H, 6)0.10000003.541.330.0
    I. Kennedy (S, 21)1.02001102.981.267.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Montgomery (W, 3-5)6.0
    J. Newberry (H, 3)1.0
    S. Barlow (H, 8)0.2
    T. Hill (H, 6)0.1
    I. Kennedy (S, 21)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - N. Syndergaard 90-59, J. Wilson 17-12, B. Brach 9-5, E. Diaz 18-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Syndergaard 8-4, J. Wilson 1-1, E. Diaz 1-0
    • Batters Faced - N. Syndergaard 25, J. Wilson 3, B. Brach 3, E. Diaz 4
    PITCHING
    • WP - M. Montgomery 2 (2)
    • HBP - M. Montgomery
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Montgomery 80-52, J. Newberry 15-8, S. Barlow 9-7, T. Hill 5-4, I. Kennedy 24-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Montgomery 6-7, S. Barlow 1-1, T. Hill 1-0, I. Kennedy 2-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Montgomery 24, J. Newberry 3, S. Barlow 3, T. Hill, I. Kennedy 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Rosario SS50200003.290.326.451.7772.0
    J. Davis LF41200002.311.374.514.8873.0
    A. Altherr PR-LF00000000.074.121.167.2870.0
    P. Alonso 1B30000103.263.368.591.9601.0
    M. Conforto RF30110002.258.364.491.8563.0
    T. Frazier DH40100005.235.309.424.7321.0
    J. Lagares CF40000032.207.272.283.555-1.5
    J. Panik 2B40100001.237.311.317.6281.0
    T. Nido C20000110.200.235.309.5440.5
    a- W. Ramos PH10100000.279.348.417.7651.0
    R. Tejada 3B20000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
    b- L. Guillorme PH-3B10000110.184.225.289.5140.5
    Total3318103620-----
    HITTERSAB
    A. Rosario SS5
    J. Davis LF4
    A. Altherr PR-LF0
    P. Alonso 1B3
    M. Conforto RF3
    T. Frazier DH4
    J. Lagares CF4
    J. Panik 2B4
    T. Nido C2
    a- W. Ramos PH1
    R. Tejada 3B2
    b- L. Guillorme PH-3B1
    Total33
    • a-singled for Nido in the 9th
    • b-struck out for Tejada in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B40000001.303.357.483.8400.0
    A. Gordon LF41100001.260.333.408.7402.0
    H. Dozier 3B41200010.286.365.559.9243.5
    J. Soler DH10100300.261.354.556.9095.0
    B. Phillips RF30010114.000.250.000.2503.5
    B. Starling CF40110033.214.252.306.5590.5
    R. O'Hearn 1B41100026.177.267.310.5781.0
    M. Viloria C41110013.232.283.357.6403.5
    N. Lopez SS30110000.222.263.292.5553.0
    Total3148404818-----
      BATTING
      • RBI - M. Conforto (69)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rosario 3 (3), M. Conforto, T. Frazier 2 (2), J. Lagares
      BATTING
      • 2B - H. Dozier (22), J. Soler (25), M. Viloria (4), N. Lopez (15)
      • RBI - B. Phillips, B. Starling (8), M. Viloria (8), N. Lopez (17)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Gordon, B. Phillips, R. O'Hearn 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Phillips
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Panik-Rosario-Alonso)
      • E - J. Panik (4)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - B. Phillips
      • DP - 3 (Phillips-Lopez; Lopez-Merrifield-O'Hearn; Lopez-Merrifield-O'Hearn)
      • E - W. Merrifield (10)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Syndergaard (L, 8-6)6.05222603.861.2110.0
      J. Wilson1.00000102.661.393.5
      B. Brach0.02221006.211.74-5.0
      E. Diaz1.01001105.441.491.5
      Total8.0844480---
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Syndergaard (L, 8-6)6.0
      J. Wilson1.0
      B. Brach0.0
      E. Diaz1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Montgomery (W, 3-5)6.05102304.631.5422.5
      J. Newberry (H, 3)1.00000202.931.194.0
      S. Barlow (H, 8)0.21000005.071.49-1.0
      T. Hill (H, 6)0.10000003.541.330.0
      I. Kennedy (S, 21)1.02001102.981.267.5
      Total9.0810360---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Montgomery (W, 3-5)6.0
      J. Newberry (H, 3)1.0
      S. Barlow (H, 8)0.2
      T. Hill (H, 6)0.1
      I. Kennedy (S, 21)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Syndergaard 90-59, J. Wilson 17-12, B. Brach 9-5, E. Diaz 18-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Syndergaard 8-4, J. Wilson 1-1, E. Diaz 1-0
      • Batters Faced - N. Syndergaard 25, J. Wilson 3, B. Brach 3, E. Diaz 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Montgomery 2 (2)
      • HBP - M. Montgomery
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Montgomery 80-52, J. Newberry 15-8, S. Barlow 9-7, T. Hill 5-4, I. Kennedy 24-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Montgomery 6-7, S. Barlow 1-1, T. Hill 1-0, I. Kennedy 2-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Montgomery 24, J. Newberry 3, S. Barlow 3, T. Hill, I. Kennedy 6
      • 8TH INNING
        Starling singled to shallow center, Dozier scored, Soler to third, Phillips to second14
        Phillips walked, Gordon scored, Dozier to third, Soler to second13
      • 5TH INNING
        Lopez doubled to shallow left, Viloria scored12
        Viloria doubled to deep right, O'Hearn scored, Viloria to third on 2nd baseman Panik throwing error11
      • 3RD INNING
        Conforto singled to left center, Davis scored, Alonso to third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Ian Kennedy relieved Tim Hill
        • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Frazier singled to center
        • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Lagares struck out on foul tip
        • J. Panik: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Panik reached on fielder's choice to second, Frazier out at second
        • Wilson Ramos hit for Tomas Nido
        • W. Ramos: Ramos singled to right, Panik to second
        • L. Guillorme: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Guillorme walked, Panik to third, Ramos to second
        • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rosario reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Guillorme out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Scott Barlow relieved Jake Newberry
        • A. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rosario grounded out to third
        • J. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Davis reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • Aaron Altherr ran for J.D. Davis
        • P. Alonso: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Alonso flied out to deep right
        • Tim Hill relieved Scott Barlow
        • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Conforto grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Brad Brach relieved Justin Wilson
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon singled to right center
        • H. Dozier: Foul, Dozier singled to right center, Gordon to third, Dozier to second
        • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Soler walked
        • Edwin Diaz relieved Brad Brach
        • B. Phillips: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Phillips walked, Gordon scored, Dozier to third, Soler to second
        • B. Starling: Strike looking, Ball, Starling singled to shallow center, Dozier scored, Soler to third, Phillips to second
        • R. O'Hearn: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
        • M. Viloria: Foul, Foul, Viloria grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Starling out at second
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Jake Newberry relieved Mike Montgomery
        • J. Panik: Ball, Panik popped out to shortstop
        • T. Nido: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Nido struck out swinging
        • Luis Guillorme hit for Ruben Tejada
        • L. Guillorme: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Guillorme struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Justin Wilson relieved Noah Syndergaard
        • M. Viloria: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Viloria struck out looking
        • N. Lopez: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Lopez grounded out to pitcher
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Ball, Merrifield flied out to deep center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Montgomery Pitching:
        • P. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Alonso walked
        • M. Conforto: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Conforto flied out to deep right
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Alonso to second on wild pitch, Frazier flied out to deep right
        • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Lagares flied out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Dozier doubled to right center
        • J. Soler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soler walked
        • B. Phillips: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Phillips reached on fielder's choice to second, Dozier to third, Soler out at second
        • B. Starling: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Starling struck out looking
        • R. O'Hearn: Foul, Ball, Phillips stole second, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Montgomery Pitching:
        • Ru. Tejada: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Tejada struck out looking
        • A. Rosario: Foul, Ball, Rosario reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Davis: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Davis grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Rosario out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • B. Starling: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Starling struck out looking
        • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, O'Hearn singled to deep right
        • M. Viloria: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Viloria doubled to deep right, O'Hearn scored, Viloria to third on 2nd baseman Panik throwing error
        • N. Lopez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Lopez doubled to shallow left, Viloria scored
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield flied out to right
        • A. Gordon: Gordon grounded out to first
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Montgomery Pitching:
        • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lagares struck out swinging
        • J. Panik: Panik grounded out to second
        • T. Nido: Ball, Strike looking, Nido grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Gordon grounded out to second
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dozier flied out to deep center
        • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Soler walked
        • B. Phillips: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Phillips struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Montgomery Pitching:
        • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario flied out to right
        • J. Davis: Ball, Davis singled to left
        • P. Alonso: Alonso reached on fielder's choice to third, Davis to second on 2nd baseman Merrifield fielding error
        • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Conforto singled to left center, Davis scored, Alonso to third
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Frazier grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Conforto out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • M. Viloria: Viloria grounded out to second
        • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Lopez grounded out to shortstop
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Montgomery Pitching:
        • J. Lagares: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Lagares struck out swinging
        • J. Panik: Strike looking, Panik singled to center
        • T. Nido: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nido walked, Panik to second
        • Ru. Tejada: Ball, Foul, Tejada lined into double play right to shortstop, Panik out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • J. Soler: Ball, Soler doubled to deep center
        • B. Phillips: Phillips grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Starling: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Starling struck out looking
        • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Foul, O'Hearn fouled out to left
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Montgomery Pitching:
        • A. Rosario: Rosario singled to center
        • J. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Rosario to second on wild pitch, Davis lined out to second
        • P. Alonso: Strike swinging, Ball, Alonso grounded out to third
        • M. Conforto: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Conforto hit by pitch
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier flied out to center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield grounded out to third
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Gordon flied out to deep center
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)