Mets rookie RHP Rafael Montero started in place of Jacob deGrom on Saturday and shut out the Astros for five innings before giving up a run in the sixth inning.
“He certainly showed he’s capable of pitching at this level,” Terry Collins said after the game.
Montero, 23, ends his 2014 with a 3.98 ERA in eight starts for the Mets.
He entered this season ranked as the organization’s second-best pitching prospect behind only Noah Syndergaard.
Montero checked in at No. 85 on MLB.com’s off-season list of top prospects in baseball.
The Mets play their final game of 2014 on Sunday afternoon at 1:10 pm ET.
Bartolo Colon (14-13, 4.08) will start for the Mets against Astros RHP Nick Tropeano (1-2, 3.78), who grew up in West Islip, New York and pitched at Stony Brook University.
It will also be the last game of Bobby Abreu‘s big-league career. Abreu announced his retirement at Citi Field this past Friday.
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Lucas Duda clubbed a walk-off, two-run home run, and RHP Rafael Montero gave up one run in six innings, as the Mets beat the Astros, 2-1, on Saturday night.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been hospitalized with an infection, Terry Collins told reporters on Saturday.
Recap: The Mets won their penultimate game of 2014, 2-1, with a walk-off, two-run home run by Lucas Duda against the Astros on Saturday night at Citi Field.
Need to know: Limited to just two hits through the game’s first eight innings, the Mets formulated a rally in the ninth off Astros reliever Tony Sipp. Eric Young blasted a one-out triple, and after Sipp forced Daniel Murphy to fly out, Lucas Duda smacked a two-run homer off the foul pole in right field, capping the Mets’ dramatic win.
Jenrry Mejia pitched a spotless ninth inning, improving to 6-6. Rookie Rafael Montero was solid in his last start of the season, surrendering only one run and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Game ball: Duda added to his career year, blasting his 29th homer of the season and driving in runs No. 87 and 88.
Links: AP recap | Box
What’s next: The Mets will close their season Sunday against Houston at 1:10 p.m. Bartolo Colon (14-13, 4.08) will get the ball against Houston pitcher, and West Islip, N.Y. native, Nick Tropeano (1-2, 3.78).
The Mets and Astros play the second game of their series on Saturday night at Citi Field.
The game is scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m.
Rafael Montero (1-3, 4.38) will pitch for the Mets, while Samuel Deduno (2-6, 4.66) starts for Houston.
|1. Matt den Dekker – CF
||1. Robbie Grossman – LF
|2. Eric Young Jr. – LF
||2. Jose Altuve – 2B
|3. Daniel Murphy – 3B
||3. Chris Carter – 1B
|4. Lucas Duda – 1B
||4. Dexter Fowler – CF
|5. Curtis Granderson – RF
||5. Jason Castro – C
|6. Wilmer Flores – 2B
||6. Marwin Gonzalez – SS
|7. Anthony Recker – C
||7. Matt Dominguez – 3B
|8. Ruben Tejada – SS
||8. Jake Marisnick – RF
|9. Rafael Montero – RHP
||9. Samuel Deduno – RHP
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