Mike Montgomery is settling back into being a starting pitcher again, and the results are showing.The left-hander outdueled Noah Syndergaard as the Kansas City Royals ended their scoreless drought Friday night in a 4-1 victory over the New York Mets.In his first three starts after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs in a trade, Montgomery was 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA. In his last three outings, he is 2-1 and has allowed just two earned runs in 18 innings.Article continues below ...I feel a lot more comfortable, said Montgomery, a reliever with the Cubs.Im finally kind of stretched out to be a starter full length and I felt good tonight.The hottest team in the majors until this week, the Mets have lost four of five after a 15-1 stretch propelled them into the crowded NL wild-card race. They are two games out of a playoff spot.New York dropped the series opener at fourth-place Kansas City (44-78) in a rematch of the 2015 World Series won by the Royals in five games Zack Short Jersey.For over two weeks now weve been getting that big hit, Mets left fielder J.D. Davis said.And during this road trip it just seems like here and there we havent been getting that big hit. That just baseball.Montgomery (3-5) pitched six strong innings and allowed just one unearned run on five hits while striking out three and walking two. It was the second consecutive start in which he didnt permit an earned run https://www.ccfanstore.com/Kris_Bryant_Jersey-71, following seven smooth innings Saturday in a 7-0 win over Detroit.Montgomery did a nice job setting up that cutter in, changeups down and away, just getting ahead of us, Davis said.Ian Kennedy tossed a scoreless ninth for his 21st save in 24 opportunities. He retired Amed Rosario on a bases-loaded grounder to end it.The Royals, coming off back-to-back shutout losses to the St. Louis Cardinals, finally snapped a 22-inning scoreless string in the fifth. And it was the bottom three guys in the lineup who came through. After Ryan OHearn singled, Meibrys Viloria and Nicky Lopez followed with consecutive RBI doubles off Syndergaard to give Kansas City a 2-1 lead.The Royals added a couple of insurance runs in the eighth when Brett Phillips drew a bases-loaded walk from Edwin Díaz, and Bubba Starling singled home a run.They were huge, Kansas City manager Ned Yost said.Great at-bat by Phillips, great at-bat by Bubba to get them. We knew it was going to be tight, but you sure want a little breathing room going into the last inning.Outside of the fifth, Syndergaard (8-6) gave up little else. He threw six innings and allowed just the two runs on five hits with six strikeouts, snapping a streak of six consecutive starts of at least seven innings pitched. But after an RBI single from Michael Conforto in the third, the Mets couldnt generate anything else on offense.After a brief rain rolled through in the first inning, Syndergaard struggled gripping the ball as the humidity soared.Just had to battle the elements out there. I dont know what it is about humidity, but we do not get along, he said.SOLER ON A TEARJorge Soler extended his torrid streak at the plate. The Royals designated hitter reached base in all four plate appearances with a double and three walks https://www.ccfanstore.com/Dennis_Eckersley_Jersey-45. Over his last nine games, he is hitting .450 with a .639 on-base percentage and a 1.292 slugging percentage for a 1.930 OPS. In that span, Soler has eight home runs and 12 RBIs https://www.ccfanstore.com/Kyle_Hendricks_Jersey-72.TRAINERS ROOMRoyals LHP Danny Duffy (left hamstring strain) threw a two-inning simulated game and looked good, according to Yost. The team will see how Duffy feels on Saturday, then decide whether to have him pitch another simulated game or send him out for a rehab assignment. SS Adalberto Mondesi (left shoulder) took batting practice on the field for the first time since getting hurt July 16.Mets Davis exited with a calf problem after beating out an infield single in the eighth. RHP Robert Gsellman was unavailable due to triceps soreness he been dealing with for a couple of days. OF Brandon Nimmo began a rehab assignment with Class A St. Lucie and went 1 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout as the DH. Nimmo, on the 60-day injured list, hasnt played in the majors since May 20 because of a bulging disk in his neck.