- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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After recording the final out in the top of the ninth inning on Wednesday, Mets closer Frank Francisco shoved a water cooler in the dugout.
It was just about the only battle he won all night.
Francisco’s ERA rose to 6.42 after he was charged with two runs on three hits in the Mets’ 5-2 loss to the Rockies at Citi Field.
“I only have an issue with it if he gets hurt,” manager Terry Collins said. “Those water coolers are made for other things besides holding water. They’re nice and easy to beat up.”
The Mets (57-67), who have lost four straight games and are 11-27 since the All-Star break, fell 10 games below .500 for the first time since the final game of the 2009 season (70-92). They have scored two or fewer runs in each of their past five games, the first time they’ve done that since Sept. 15-19, 2003.
“Now, if he gets hurt, I got an issue,” Collins said. “But once in a while during this time, I’m upset, I talked to four guys, they’re upset. Pitchers are upset. We came back, we brought in a guy to hold (the game right there) and he doesn’t keep us close.”
Francisco declined to talk to the media about the incident.