first_imgMIAMI — Rafael Montero was sharp early for the New York Mets before faltering against Miami.Given a spot start to rest regular members of the rotation an extra day, Montero took a shutout into the sixth inning April 28.But he was charged with three runs over 5 2-3 innings in his first start of the season and was optioned back to Triple-A Las Vegas after the Mets lost 4-3 to the Marlins.“I mixed my pitches well and there you see the results,” Montero said through a translator. “My approach coming into the game was to throw strikes. That is what is most important. The first batter I faced I fell behind in the count, but then I started throwing strikes.”Montero retired his first nine batters, five on strikeouts.“I was very, very impressed. Very good location,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “Early in the game he got too many 3-2 counts, but he made the pitches when had to make them. I thought he threw the ball very, very well.”So did Marlins closer Steve Cishek, who did not sleep well after an April 27 3-1 loss to the Mets.Cishek allowed Daniel Murphy’s three-run homer in the ninth for his second blown save of the season. “That one really burned me,” he said.The right-hander got another opportunity to close out a game April 28 and sealed the victory after Michael Morse hit a tie-breaking single in the eighth inning.“You really couldn’t have drawn it up any better than that,” Cishek said.Cishek walked leadoff hitter Curtis Granderson in the ninth before retiring the next three batters and earning his second save of the year.“Steve’s a huge part of our team and our bullpen, and to be able to get him back in that game after last night was huge — probably the most important thing we accomplished today,” Marlins Manager Mike Redmond said.It was the Marlins’ first win against the Mets this season in six tries. Miami has won six of seven overall.“It’s nice to prove to ourselves that we can beat them,” said starter David Phelps, who allowed two runs in six innings. “It was shaping up to be another frustrating game against these guys, and we put some runs across.”Bryan Morris (3-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win.Juan Lagares hit a three-run double and Murphy had three hits for the Mets (15-6), who lost for only the third time in 16 games.Carlos Torres (1-1) walked two in the eighth before Morse singled to center field. Martin Prado slid home safely, beating the throw from Lagares to break a 3-all tie.“It’s just unfortunate that it took me so long to get back in the rhythm quicker because I could have prevented one walk, let alone two,” Torres said.It was Morse’s first RBI since April 18.The Marlins scored three times in the sixth to snap a scoreless tie. Giancarlo Stanton’s RBI single through the left side opened the scoring as Dee Gordon came home on the play. Three batters later, J.T. Realmuto knocked in a run with a base hit that ended Montero’s night.Buddy Carlyle came in and threw a wild pitch that resulted in another run.Trailing 3-0, the Mets loaded the bases with one out in the seventh and Lagares cleared them with a long drive to center off reliever A.J. Ramos. The ball took one bounce before hitting the wall.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img