7,628: Mets lose 6-5 as K-Rod blows save

A wasted homer

The Mets have become a parody of themselves.

Francisco Rodriguez’s blown save, aided by a Daniel Murphy error, wasted Omir Santos’ eighth-inning pinch-hit homer Wednesday as the Atlanta Braves scored two in the ninth to top the New York Mets 6-5 at Turner Field.

Starter Bobby Parnell lost his no-hitter in the first inning on a Martin Prado single, advancing our NoNoHitters.com to 7,628 New York Mets games without a no-no. Parnell was pulled in the fourth after giving up four runs (three of them earned) on seven hits and three walks over 3 1/3 innings of work.

Santos’ homer broke a 4-4 deadlock and Brian Stokes was able to secure the newly-built lead in the eighth, but K-Rod in the ninth gave up a lead-off Garret Anderson doubled, hit Brian McCann with a pitch, let the runners advance on a sacrifice and then intentionally walked Adam LaRoche to load the bases.

Omar Infante sacrificed home the tying run, and then pinch runner David Ross scored as Daniel Murphy flubbed a ball hit by ex-Met Ryan Church.

Rookie catcher Josh Thole continued his offensive tear with a 2-for-4 night, getting the Mets on the scoreboard in the second inning by singling home Jeff Francoeur (who went 3-for-5) and Jeremy Reed.

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