Rafael Montero was good enough to win in a third straight outing, but this reconfigured Mets lineup isn’t exactly dependable enough to overcome even a minor slip.
And that lineup became even thinner Thursday, with Michael Conforto removed from the game and likely finished for the season because of a dislocated left shoulder, sustained on a swing and miss in the fifth inning of the Mets’ 3-2 loss to the Diamondbacks at Citi Field.
Montero (2-9) was shaky in the middle innings, allowing three earned runs in the fifth and sixth, but continued a string of decent starts that began last week at Yankee Stadium and continued into the weekend against the Marlins.
Overall, the right-hander lasted 5 1/3 innings and surrendered three earned runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Over his last three starts Montero is 1-1 with a 3.12 ERA.
Yoenis Cespedes’ solo homer in the fourth was the highlight of an anemic Mets offensive attack that produced only five hits.
The Mets (55-71) lost for the ninth time in 11 games.