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Puello, B-Mets have no "Trouble With the Curve"

ALTOONA, PA - Rafael Montero allowed just two singles over seven shutout innings to lead the Binghamton Mets past the Altoona Curve, 9-3, Saturday night at Peoples Natural Gas Field. The Dominican right-hander struck out six and faced just three over the minimum while extending his scoreless streak to 23-2/3 innings. Cesar Puello drove in four runs and Travis Taijeron finished a triple shy of a cycle in his Double-A debut.

Curve third baseman Adalberto Santos opened the door for the B-Mets with two consecutive throwing errors in the second. With one out, Richard Lucas reached second base when Santos fired an errant throw to first on a ground ball. Lucas scored one batter later when Santos repeated the gaffe on a grounder put in play by Blake Forsythe. Wilfredo Tovar doubled Binghamton's lead by punching an RBI single over Gift Ngoepe's head at short.

Given a two-run lead, Montero faced his only major challenge in the second. Santos reached on a fielding error at second by Danny Muno and Carlos Paulino laced a single to right to put runners on first and second. Montero responded by retiring the next two hitters to end the threat.

The B-Mets added to their lead in the third against starter Casey Sadler. Taijeron, promoted from the St. Lucie Mets (High-A) prior to the game, started the inning by pulling a double down the left field line. Puello brought him home, and gave the B-Mets a three-run lead, by ripping a single past Santos at third.

Montero shifted to cruise control after the second inning. The right-handed retired 16 of the final 18 batters he faced and never allowed a runner past first base in his final five innings.

Sadler capped his night with three scoreless innings, but the B-Mets offense put their foot back on the gas pedal offensively against the Curve bullpen. Taijeron highlighted his stellar debut with a two-run homer off Luis Sanz and Lucas added a sac fly in a three-run seventh inning. Puello blasted a three-run homer over the batter's eye off Nate Baker in the ninth. It was his sixth round-tripper in the month of June.

Ryan Fraser posted a perfect eighth inning before allowing three runs (one earned) in the ninth.

Montero (7-3) walked only one in his fourth shutout performance of at least six innings this season. Sadler (6-4) was tagged for three runs (one earned) on five hits in the losing effort.

The B-Mets (37-25) look for their second series sweep of the season on Sunday night at 6:00 PM when they conclude their three-game set against the Curve (25-36). RHP Jacob deGrom gets the nod for Binghamton against RHP Jameson Taillon. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show begins at 5:45 PM on Newsradio 1290 WNBF.

POSTGAME NOTES: Montero has posted a 1.39 ERA in his last five startsPuello is hitting .600 (15-for-25) in six games in June with three doubles, six home runs and 15 RBIsthe B-Mets are 12 games over .500 for the first time since September 2004

Individual tickets for all Binghamton Mets 2013 home games are on sale now. Visit the NYSEG Stadium box office during regular operating hours, purchase them online at www.bmets.com or call the office at (607) 723-METS.

Be sure to follow the B-Mets on Facebook, Twitter and at the team's official website (www.bmets.com) for more team information. Fans can also stay up to date with all the action on the field by visiting "B-Mets Buzz with Tim Heiman" at bmets.mlblogs.com.

(Courtesy: Binghamton Mets Baseball)

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