Montero notches first win in majors


NEW YORK -- Rafael Montero notched his first major league win when the Mets beat the Colorado Rockies, 2-0, Wednesday at Citi Field.

“If I continue to pitch the way I’m pitching, there will be more to come,” Montero pledged through an interpreter.

lastname Montero Still, Terry Collins noted there was room for improvement. Montero walked four and needed 106 pitches to navigate 5 1/3 scoreless innings.

“We’ve got to fix that,” Collins said. “He knows that, and it’s no secret. His stuff plays, as we’ve seen, but we’ve got to stop getting him in those deep counts, because he’s going to run into problems.

“I thought tonight he made some really good pitches. He had some good movement tonight. But we’ve got to get him around the plate a little bit better and get him to understand what got him to the big leagues will keep him here, and that’s strikes and changing speeds with it.”

This was a spot start for Montero. Sandy Alderson has said the September call-up may get another start this month, but Collins said postgame that is not etched in stone.

“I don’t know yet,” Collins said. “I want to sit down and see how the next few days go and see where we’re at. If somebody goes real deep, we might bring [Montero] back.”

Family affair: Eric Young Jr. said he was particularly pleased with his 3-for-3 performance that included a triple and RBI because it came with his father, Rockies first-base coach Eric Young Sr., at Citi Field.

E.Y. Jr. did not start any of the games at Coors Field during the first half, in part because he was struck in the cheekbone by a batting-practice ball off the bat of Lucas Duda back in May.

“For me to do it in front of him, that was really special,” E.Y. Jr. said. “In Colorado I didn’t get a chance to get any starts. I caught that ball from Duda, so I had to sit out in Colorado, and I didn’t play the first two games this series. So, No. 1, I was just excited to get to play in front of him. And to have that type of game, I’m sure that’s something we’ll be talking about in the offseason.”

Let me in skip: Collins indicated pregame that he planned to stay away from using Jenrry Mejia on Wednesday to give his closer a rest after Mejia loaded the bases and was pulled in the ninth inning the previous day. But Mejia asked in for Wednesday’s game. And, after Collins agreed to use him, Mejia converted the save with a scoreless ninth to complete the series finale.

Mejia, 24, became the youngest Met ever with 25 saves. Randy Myers previously held that distinction. He had 26 saves in 1988 at age 25.

“He came to me today and said, ‘I want to get back in there,’” Collins said. “I love that. I love to hear that stuff. He didn’t pout anymore. He said, ‘I need to get back in there.’ I said, ‘You got it.’”