Mets can't quite throw open the door

New York Mets' Lucas Duda walks away after

New York Mets' Lucas Duda walks away after hitting into a double play to end a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs. (July 6, 2012) (Credit: AP)

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Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol provided the Mets with a chance to have their second ninth-inning, come-from-behind win in as many nights Friday but he skirted defeat, starting the game-ending double play to seal the 8-7 Mets loss at Citi Field.

"We have good at-bats all game, It's just for some reason, people really zone in in the ninth especially when you smell the chance to win the game or to tie it up or to be the hero that night," said Ike Davis, who hit a pinch-hit two-run single to rightfield to cut the gap to 8-7. "You definitely get a little more adrenaline and focus up a little bit more and you should be doing that from pitch one but sometimes it's tough."

Marmol grabbed Lucas Duda's lineout and doubled up Davis at first to end the Mets' rally at three runs. Duda's second-inning home run tied the score at 1 and snapped Cubs lefthander Travis Wood's scoreless streak at 20 innings. It was the first home run allowed by Wood since June 8 against Minnesota's Trevor Plouffe, a span of 292/3 innings.

"I should have maybe froze but off the bat," Davis said. "I thought it was going to drop in front of the second baseman and my thought was to break up two. Marmol made a jumping catch and I just was too far off the bag to get back . . . We came back and had a chance. That ball gets by him, maybe that's up the middle and we tie it up and have chances to win it."

The Mets trailed 8-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth and Kirk Nieuwenhuis started off with a strikeout. Jordany Valdespin hit a solo home run, his third of the season, to right to cut the gap to 8-5.

Ruben Tejada worked out a nine-pitch walk after falling behind in the count 1-and-2. Tejada (0-for-3 with two walks) also had a pivotal walk in Thursday's ninth-inning rally to beat the Phillies.

Marmol walked pinch hitter Daniel Murphy on four pitches and gave Thursday's hero David Wright a chance for deja vu but he also walked Wright (1-for-4) to load the bases for Davis.

"Some great, great at-bats," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I thought we had a chance certainly with Ike and Luke coming up."

Said Wright: "It's nice to be able to pat yourself on the back a little bit but it doesn't mean much. We still lost the game and didn't really do too much well today besides the ninth inning."

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