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In the first game of Sunday's doubleheader at Citi Field, the Mets (21-27) lost to the Diamondbacks (20-31) by the score of 2-1 >> Read the full recap and box score at

Need to Know: Rafael Montero made his third career start and turned in his best performance as a major leaguer. Montero allowed one run on two hits in six innings of work. He walked three and struck out 10. During the start, Montero at times flashed the pinpoint command he was known for during his minor league career. Montero started the sixth inning at 102 pitches, and retired the side in order to end his outing.

Chris Owings delivered a solo home run to give Arizona a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Mets came back to score a run of their own on a David Wright RBI single in the bottom half to tie things up.

The game remained tied until the top of the ninth, when the Mets gifted Arizona what turned out to be the winning run. After a leadoff double that was hit past Bobby Abreu in right field, it appeared that Jenrry Mejia had escaped a jam when he induced a grounder to David Wright with runners on first and third and two outs. However, Daniel Murphy dropped the would-be inning ending force at second base as the Diamondbacks took a 2-1 lead.

The Mets got consecutive singles with one out in the ninth to put runners on first and second, but Juan Lagares struck out looking and Daniel Murphy flew out to shallow left to end the game.

Chris Young continues to struggle at the plate. He went 0-for-3 and is now 7 for his last 53. He was lifted for pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu late in the game.

The Mets wasted lots of scoring chances, hitting into double plays in the second, third, fourth, sixth, and eighth inning. Overall, the Mets went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

What's Next: The Mets play the second game of today's doubleheader later on Sunday afternoon. Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-0, 2.14 ERA) makes a spot-start for the Mets. He'll be opposed by Zeke Spruill, who was called up from Triple-A to make his 2014 debut for Arizona.

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