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K-Rod racked in ninth as Mets lose

Francisco Rodriguez #75 of the New York Mets

Francisco Rodriguez #75 of the New York Mets in the dugout as he leaves the game against the Philadelphia Phillies in the ninth inning after surrendering three runs at Citi Field. (May 27, 2011) Credit: Jim McIsaac

The buzz was evident at Citi Field on Friday night. Perhaps it was Thursday's announcement of the selection of potential minority investor David Einhorn. Perhaps it was the opponent, the Phillies, who brought more than a few busloads of fans up the turnpike with them.

Maybe it was the gorgeous weather on the start of a holiday weekend.

Unfortunately for the Mets, the excitement didn't translate into a victory -- just a tie score going into the ninth inning against a superior club.

Then the Phillies scored three runs in the ninth on five hits against Francisco Rodriguez and went on to a 6-4 win before an enthusiastic crowd of 33,882.

Rodriguez (1-1), who hadn't given up a run since April 17, was booed as he walked off the mound, which didn't sit well with Mets manager Terry Collins.

"I was a little disappointed to hear the reaction to Frankie," Collins said. "He's only saved 15 in a row, pitched as good as anybody in either league."

Rodriguez, whose saves streak remained intact but who gave up his first runs in 20 innings, said: "That doesn't surprise me. When you get a zero, they're going to love you. When you don't get it done, they're going to boo you. It's as simple as that. There's nothing I can do about it. The only thing I can do is put zeroes on the board."

K-Rod wasn't the only bullpen culprit. The Mets led 3-2 going into the eighth, but the Phillies tied it against Jason Isringhausen on Domonic Brown's single and Jimmy Rollins' RBI double.

"The only thing we found out today is that the guys at the end are human beings," Collins said. "They have pitched so well."

The Phillies took the lead for good in the ninth when Brown grounded an RBI single under the glove of Daniel Murphy. Trying for a 3-6-3 or 3-6-1 double play, he backed up on the ball, played it to the side and never touched it. If the ball had ticked off his glove, it would have been scored an error.

"I've got to make that play," he said. "That was a bad play."

Rollins added a sacrifice fly and Placido Polanco drove in the third run with an infield single.

The Mets scored a run in the ninth on Carlos Beltran's RBI single, but with runners on first and third, Murphy ended the game when he grounded into a 4-6-3 double play against Ryan Madson. "Just trying to have a good at-bat," Murphy said. "That wasn't a very good one."

If Einhorn was watching, he would have seen some positives: Justin Turner went 4-for-5 with an RBI. Angel Pagan returned from the disabled list and went 2-for-4 with a stolen base. Jose Reyes had two hits and scored three runs. Chris Capuano struck out the first four batters and allowed two runs (one earned) in six innings. Ruben Tejada made two sparkling plays at second base.

Fred Wilpon attended the game and probably enjoyed those moments, but he declined to speak with reporters.

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