In a tie game to start the 12th inning, Mets reliever Rafael Montero let up a single and walked two batters (one intentional) before Matt Kemp hit a two-run double to give the Braves the lead.
The Mets got the tying run to the plate during their next at-bat, but eventually lost the game, 3-1.
In total, Montero was charged with the loss, as well as two runs, three hits and three walks in his first 1 2/3 innings of the season. Hansel Robles entered the game with a 1-0 lead thanks to six scoreless innings from Jacob deGrom. However, Robles allowed a run to score that tied the game, while being charged with a blown save in the seventh inning.
Prior to Montero and after Robles, Jerry Blevins, Fernando Salas and Addison Reed combined to pitch 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief, while allowing just two base runners.
"I thought they kept us in the game, no question," Terry Collins said after the game. "We didn't get many hits, we didn't get many opportunities to score. I thought they pitched very well."
Montero flirted with disaster the entire time he was on the mound, consistently pitching behind in the count and missing inside with runners on base... and it all eventually caught up with him in the 12th inning. This is exactly what he had been doing in his previous big-league stints, and exactly what he wasn't doing during his outstanding spring.
In a new world, where Seth Lugo may need Tommy John surgery and Steven Matz is unavailable until late May, the Mets have to be worried about what they saw from Montero. I know I am. He looked so good during all of March, as he consistently commanded his fastball and threw strike after strike. So, I'm hoping Wednesday night was just a return to bad habits, all of which can be corrected by pitching coach Dan Warthen, who must remind Rafael of what was working for him last month.