Rafael Montero struggles early as Mets fall to Rangers 5-1

The uneconomical version of Rafael Montero was back on Wednesday, and it cost the Mets yet again this season.

Montero needed 74 pitches just to record his first six outs, allowing four early runs — including one on a balk — in a sleepy 5-1 loss to the Rangers at Citi Field.

Montero coughed up four runs on five hits with three walks and two hit batters through three innings to fall to 1-8 on the season. The final score could have been more lopsided, but the Rangers left 15 runners on base.

 “You saw all the pitches, behind in the counts, 3-and-2, 3-and-2, it’s a tough league to pitch in when you get three balls on hitters,” Terry Collins said of Montero. “You can’t put runners on base. You can’t do it. Hitting’s a tough art, and you have to make them swing the bat. If you’re at this level, you ought to be able to throw a strike when you need to.”

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Thanks to Rafael Montero, the Mets fall behind in the first inning and never contend the rest of the way.

Thanks to Rafael Montero, the Mets fall behind in the first inning and never contend the rest of the way.

(Seth Wenig/AP)

Wilmer Flores notched the first of just three hits for the Mets (50-61) with a leadoff home run in the fifth against Texas lefty Martin Perez. 

PLAY OF THE GAME

Amed Rosario is hitting .179 through eight games after going 1-for-3, but the rookie shortstop continues to flash the glove with a diving stab of Elvis Andrus’ grounder up the middle and a rolling flip to second base for a force play in the second inning.

TURNING POINT

After Montero balked home Shin-Soo Choo for the game’s first run, Joey Gallo ripped a two-run homer to right for a 3-0 Texas lead in the first, his 10th in 15 games and his 32nd of the season.

Rafael Montero gives up four runs on five hits in three innings of work in Wednesday's matinee.

Rafael Montero gives up four runs on five hits in three innings of work in Wednesday’s matinee.

(Seth Wenig/AP)

STAR OF THE GAME

Martin Perez, who had been 0-4 with a 9.41 ERA over his previous four starts, limited the Mets to one run on three hits, while striking out five, over eight innings.

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STAT OF THE DAY

3,008 Adrian Beltre ripped two singles for 3,008 career hits, passing Al Kaline for 29th on the all-time list.

UNSUNG HERO

Shin-Soo Choo reached base five times for the Rangers out of the leadoff spot.

Joey Gallo (l.) celebrates his first-inning home run.

Joey Gallo (l.) celebrates his first-inning home run.

(Seth Wenig/AP)

M.I.A.

Neil Walker went 0-for-3 and is batting .118 (4-for-34) since returning from the disabled list on July 28.   

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