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WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets had a late deficit for the third straight game against San Diego, but this time fell short and slipped to .500, at 58-58. Bobby Parnell surrendered three runs in the top of the ninth, including Jesus Guzman swiping home on a double-steal, to make any possible comeback bid an overwhelming task. The Mets fell 10 games behind wild-card-leading Atlanta.
OUCH: Angel Pagan departed in the fourth inning with lower back spasms and was replaced by Jason Pridie.
DEBUTANT: Queens product Mike Baxter went 1-for-3 with two walks in his first career major league start. He manned right field.
BAY WATCH: Jason Bay went 0-for-4 with a walk as his hitting streak ended at 11 games, which matched his longest as a Met (also May 7-17, 2010). Bay’s career-high hitting streak was 14 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2005.
BASE KNOT: With a fifth-inning double, David Wright tied Ed Kranepool for the franchise record with 2,047 total bases as a Met.
SLIP AND SLIDE: The Mets had chances against Padres starter Aaron Harang, including loading the bases with none out in the second inning. However, R.A. Dickey flied out to right field, too shallow for Baxter to tag up from third. Pagan then struck out looking and Justin Turner grounded into a fielder’s choice as the opportunity went for naught.
After San Diego had built a 5-0 lead against Dickey, the knuckleballer drove in the Mets’ first run with a fourth-inning RBI single. However, Ruben Tejada then was thrown out at home tagging on Pridie’s fly ball to left field. Tejada did not slide on the play.
Dickey was replaced by pinch-hitter Nick Evans in the sixth. Evans produced a two-out double that scored Josh Thole. Pridie then plated Evans with a single, pulling the Mets within 5-3 and chasing Harang.
Thole went 4-for-5 -- his lone out coming on a fly ball to center field against left-handed reliever Josh Spence with two out in the seventh that stranded runners on the corners. He also had a four-hit game in 2009 against Philadelphia. Tejada went 3-for-5.
Dickey’s final line: 6 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 1 K.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Mets conclude a four-game series with the Padres on Thursday at 12:10 p.m. as Jon Niese (11-8, 4.12) opposes San Diego left-hander Cory Luebke.
7hZach Mariner and Marty Callinan, ESPN Stats & Info