Aug 12, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Game Recap: Montero, Mets victim of the long ball in Mets' 7-1 loss to Nationals

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On a rainy Tuesday night in Queens, the Mets lost to the Nationals by the score of 7-1.

In his first start in the majors since May, rookie Rafael Montero took the mound for the Mets and struggled, surrendering five runs — including three home runs — on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

Doug Fister, on the other hand, was dominant for Washington, throwing seven scoreless innings of seven-hit ball.

Game Recap:

After a clean inning to begin the game, the Nationals took a quick lead in the second. With a little help from the wind, Bryce Harper — who walked it off against the Mets last week in D.C. — hit a two-run homer for the first runs of the night.

The game had a 25-minute rain delay in the top of the third, but Montero returned to action and cruised for the next few innings. That is, until Anthony Rendon led off the sixth with a home run. Adam LaRoche then walked, after which Ian Desmond hit a two-run shot to bring the Nationals’ lead to 5-0.

In relief for New York that inning, Carlos Torres let up a single to Wilson Ramos, followed by a two-run jack to Michael Taylor — who was making his major league debut — that made it 7-0.

After opposing pitcher Fister kept the Mets from scoring all night, Ross Detwiler came on for the eighth and ran himself into trouble. Daniel Murphy and Davis Wright hit back-to-back singles, and Lucas Duda was hit by a pitch to load the bases with nobody out. New York was unable to do much damage, though; Eric Campbell‘s sacrifice fly to score Murphy brought home what would be the Mets’ only run of the game.

Buddy Carlyle and Dana Eveland closed out the loss with a scoreless eighth and ninth, respectively.

Game Notes:

Montero has now allowed eight long balls in 25 innings in the big leagues.

Wright now has an 11-game hit streak.

Torres surrendered a homer in each of his past four appearances, and five of his last six.

Washington has now won nine straight games at Citi Field and has a record of 23-4 there since September of 2011.

Up Next:

The Mets will continue their three-game series with the Nationals tomorrow night at Citi Field. Bartolo Colon (11-9, 3.97 ERA) will face Jordan Zimmermann (7-5, 3.06 ERA) at 7:10pm ET.

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