By the time Rafael Montero shuffled off the Citi Field mound in the second inning Wednesday, he had walked two batters, hit two others, allowed an upper-deck home run and a bases-loaded balk. He had thrown 74 pitches in two innings. (For comparison, Rangers starter Martin Perez threw 89 in eight innings.) And in manager Terry Collins’ estimation, the damage against Montero could have been worse.

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