Frank Francisco said he gave it his best effort. But there was no doubt his second blown save in 10 chances this season deflated a clubhouse that arrived in Miami off the sky-high feeling of sweeping the Phillies with their ninth, 10th and 11th comeback wins of the season.
Francisco allowed a leadoff double to Giancarlo Stanton in the ninth and a game-tying single with one out to Emilio Bonifacio. After Bonifacio swiped second base, the Mets lost, 6-5, when Greg Dobbs singled with two out.
“That’s baseball,” Francisco said. “That’s going to happen. Hopefully it’s the last time. I can’t put that in my mind because I know how baseball goes. I don’t feel bad. I feel bad because we lost. But, personally, I know I was fighting out there. I leave everything I have out there for my team. We lost. But I don’t feel bad.”
As for the leadoff double by Stanton, Francisco did not second-guess himself.
“I haven’t seen the replay. I don’t know,” Francisco said. “I thought it was a good pitch. I got him out there before. And just like that, he won. I thought that was the right pitch. And when I got in my mind a certain pitch, I die with that pitch. And that’s what I did. I thought that was the right pitch -- fastball in.”
He rejected the suggestion that things snowballed after that.
“I was fighting out there with everything I have,” Francisco said. “Every time I go out there I leave everything out there. After the first hit, I got the next guy out. And they tied the game and I got the next guy out. I was fighting.”
As for the final blow by Dobbs, Francisco said: “The last hit was a broken-bat single. You only can control where you throw the ball. You cannot control the results. I think I made a good pitch. I jammed him. But it ended up in a bad spot.”
• Ike Davis lamented his role in the Marlins’ late rally. Davis committed an error trying to field Jose Reyes' grounder to lead off the bottom of the eighth. Reyes eventually scored against Bobby Parnell to pull the Marlins within 5-4.
“I had a lot more time, so I just should have got in front of it and knocked it down,” Davis said. “But it took a higher bounce than the one before and just got a little bit on my wrist and I missed it. … I was out of position, really, on it. I should have just knocked it down.”
Davis acknowledged Reyes’ speed was a factor in him rushing to field the ball.
“Yeah. I ran in harder than usual to catch it,” Davis said. “And then I slowed down because the ball was kind of like a changeup, and I just happened to misplay it. … Any time you let up an error late in the game it’s huge. I mean, it feels like every time -- at least I do -- it’s going to lead to runs. We still had a chance to win the game. But it doesn’t help when I give up a run, you know? We’re up two in the eighth, and the error was definitely a momentum swinger.”
• Johan Santana rallied from a three-run first to produce five additional scoreless frames before leaving for a pinch hitter in the top of the seventh. The big damage was a two-run homer by Austin Kearns in Miami’s three-run first.
“We were trying to come in on Kearns and he hit one out,” Santana said. “One mistake and everything changed. I felt good. I was trying to locate all of pitches and mix them all, and everything was working pretty good. It’s just one pitch that they took advantage and they got ahead.”