Johan Santana pitched well enough to win on Wednesday night, but the bullpen squandered another lead and the Mets fell to the Cincinnati Reds, 6-3. It was the ninth time in 20 chances this season the pen has blown a lead.
Jon Rauch took the loss for Mets, giving up three runs in the eighth, in one-third of an inning. D.J. Carrasco also gave up a homer in the eighth and was designated for assignment after the game. The Mets called up lefty reliever Robert Carson to take Carrasco's place.
Wednesday's news reports:
• Carrasco didn't help his cause by beaning Ryan Braun and subsequently getting tossed from the game in the Mets' 8-0 loss to the Brewers on Tuesday. He had a 6.11 ERA in 46 appearances with the Mets over the past two seasons.
• Manager Terry Collins reiterated Wednesday that his relationship with David Wright is sound, despite Wright's anger after being pulled from Tuesday night's game after Carrasco's plunking of Braun.
• The Mets were officially announced as the hosts of the 2013 MLB All-Star Game on Wednesday, and at the news conference, owner Fred Wilpon gushed about Wright, saying the third baseman "is playing like a superstar right now."
• Santana has gotten a no-decision in five of his eight starts this season. He's 1-2 with a 2.89 ERA.
Read more about Santana in the Post.
• News flash -- Ike Davis actually got a hit on Wednesday night, an RBI double in the sixth inning, snapping an 0-for-16 skid. Read more in the Daily News.
Davis is still batting only .167, but don't expect him to be demoted to the minors, according to the Post.
• Reds rookie third baseman Todd Frazier had a night to remember on Wednesday, smacking two home runs, including a two-run shot in the eighth inning. Frazier is a local product -- he went to Rutgers and played on a Toms River, N.J., team that won the Little League World Series. Read more on Frazier from columnist John Harper in the Daily News.
TRIVIA: R.A. Dickey, the Mets' starter on Thursday, was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 1996 -- in what round?
Tuesday's answer: Cincinnati's Adam Dunn and Joe Randa consecutively homered off Braden Looper on April 4, 2005 to spoil Pedro Martinez's debut as a Met.