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K-Rod, Mets lose in fantastic fashion

Oliver Perez moonlighted as a major league pitcher on Friday night against the Padres, allowing one run on two hits while fanning seven and walking just two (two!) over 6 1/3 innings --his longest outing of the year. Hey Omar, get that guy a contract extension!

Enter K-Rod. He just didn’t have it, failing to get an out in the ninth, first giving up a game-tying double to Will Venable (except maybe it wasn’t) before serving up a walk-off grand slam to Rule 5 pick Everth Cabrera. Brilliant. The $37 million-dollar-man has blown consecutive saves for the first time since 2004.

“The last two outings have been really depressing, really bad ones. I have to work it out. I have to have a short memory and make sure to get my job done tomorrow. It feels really frustrating.”