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Sunday, May 25, 2014
Montero looks Harvey-esque on Sunday

By Kieran Darcy

NEW YORK -- Rafael Montero failed to earn his first major league victory on Sunday, but it was a mighty impressive no-decision.

The 23-year-old threw six innings, giving up just one run on two hits, with 10 strikeouts and three walks.

Montero became only the fourth pitcher in New York Mets history to record 10 or more strikeouts in one of the first three starts of his career. The last to do so was Matt Harvey, who fanned 11 in his major league debut on July 26, 2012.

The Arizona Diamondbacks' lone run against Montero scored on Chris Owings' solo home run in the top of the first inning. The only other hit was a third-inning single by Paul Goldschmidt.

Montero threw a career-high 113 pitches, and left with the game tied at 1.