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Mets blow late lead to D-backs, lose 4th straight

Associated Press Modified: May 5, 2012 at 1:01 am •  Published: May 5, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets reliever Jon Rauch knows he has one job to do. He also knows he didn't do it Friday night.

Rauch gave up a two-run double to Paul Goldschmidt and a go-ahead single to Cody Ransom in the eighth inning, and New York lost 5-4 to the Arizona Diamondbacks for its fourth straight loss.

"It stinks tonight to let those guys down," Rauch said. "We expect to go out and do our job every time. I personally can't come in and let guys score."

The Mets led 4-2 heading into the eighth inning, but Justin Upton reached against Bobby Parnell when his grounder got past first baseman Ike Davis for an error.

Tim Byrdak relieved Bobby Parnell and walked Jason Kubel. A strikeout later, Mets manager Terry Collins brought in Rauch (3-1) and Goldschmidt laced his double to right-center. Ransom followed with an RBI single.

"Base on balls have really come back to bite us," Collins said. "We're falling behind (hitters). You can't do that here."

Arizona won a one-run game after losing two in a row at Washington, each by a run. Arizona had lost its last nine one-run games.

"I don't think of it that way," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "I just want to come out and win games."

Ransom hit a long homer off starter Dillon Gee in the second inning to give NL rookie of the month for April Wade Miley a 2-0 lead. But the Mets scored four times in the third — more earned runs then Miley had given up in five appearances total this season (three) coming in.

Miley gave up four runs in six innings. Brad Ziegler (1-1) allowed a hit in the seventh and David Hernandez got Josh Thole to line out to left with runners on first and third to end the eighth. J.J. Putz worked a perfect ninth for his sixth save, a day after blowing a save opportunity against Washington.

"I was happy to see him back out there," Gibson said. "I know he doesn't like what happened the other night in Washington."

Each Mets batter walked up to home plate to the beats of a Beastie Boys song in honor of the New York rap group's Adam Yauch, who died of cancer Friday at 47.

Hairston — along with teammate Justin Turner — was responsible for spurring the tribute. Hairston, who walked up to "Root Down," got the Mets on the board in the third.

After the Mets loaded the bases on two hits and a walk to start the third, Lucas Duda struck out, dropping New York to 0 for 9 with the bases full and less than two outs this season. Hairston ended that stretch with a two-run double to left. Davis had a run-scoring groundout and Andres Torres an RBI single to make it 4-2.

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