Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/16/12

NEW YORK -- New York Mets reliever D.J. Carrasco didn't give anyone reason to question the purpose of any of his pitches Wednesday night.

Their effectiveness was open to scrutiny, though.

Carrasco allowed his second home run in as many nights, as Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier tagged him for a two-run shot in the eighth to finish off a four-run inning and lead the Reds to a 6-3 win at Citi Field.

It was Frazier's second home run in as many innings, giving him his first career multi-homer game. Reds starter Mike Leake gave up three runs (one earned) in six innings and a trio of Reds relievers shut out the Mets from there, with Jose Arredondo getting the win (3-1) and Sean Marshall getting the save (7th) .

Carrasco again insisted before Wednesday's game that he did not intend to hit Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun with a pitch the previous night, one pitch after allowing a home run. The questionable pitch led to his ejection.

It also helped create a mini-firestorm with Mets manager Terry Collins removing David Wright from the game in fear of retaliation, and Wright heatedly arguing he should stay in and take the hit, if it were to come.

There were no such dramatics Wednesday, just another rough night for the Mets’ bullpen, which squandered a 3-2 lead handed to it by ace Johan Santana.

Santana allowed two runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out five and walking two.

But after Bobby Parnell struck out Zack Cozart to strand a runner on second in the seventh, a trio of Mets relievers combined to give up four runs and four hits in the eighth.

Eventual losing pitcher Jon Rauch (3-2) allowed a single to Drew Stubbs, a double to Joey Votto and a RBI single to Brandon Phillips to start the inning, tying the game at 3-3.

One out later, the Reds sent up pinch-hitter Jay Bruce and the Mets countered with Tim Byrdak. Bruce hit a sacrifice fly to give the Reds a 4-3 lead, but the Mets seemed poised to escape with two outs.

Instead, Frazier drilled a two-run shot over the center field wall against Carrasco for a 6-3 lead.

The Mets had opened up a 3-1 lead in the sixth when they scored two unearned runs on a pair of hits, an error and their second successful suicide squeeze play in the past three games.

After Lucas Duda led off with his third single, Daniel Murphy grounded into a possible double play. But first baseman Votto fell and his throw sailed into left field, allowing Duda to not only reach second, but head for third.

Ike Davis then broke a 0-for-16 string with a double, scoring Duda and pushing Murphy to third.

With the pitcher's spot on deck and Mike Nickeas, who entered the game hitting .194, at the plate, the Mets pulled off the suicide squeeze, with Murphy running in from third as he did against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.

The Reds took a 1-0 lead off Santana in the third, thanks largely to Leake.

The starter helped himself by singling to left with two outs. As Zack Cozart doubled into the left field corner, Leake raced all the way around the bases, sliding in just ahead of catcher Mike Nickeas' tag to score.

The Mets tied the game in the bottom of the inning, when red-hot outfielder Mike Baxter singled and stole second. After a walk to David Wright, Duda singled to center to drive in Baxter and make it 1-1.

NOTES: Mets third baseman David Wright said his run-in with manager Terry Collins on Tuesday night was settled and "there was absolutely no issue," and the manager agreed. Wright had gotten heated with Collins when the manager pinch-hit for him a half-inning after Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun got hit with a pitch. Collins acknowledged he removed Wright out of fear of retaliation and said Wright told him he wanted to take the hit. … As expected, Major League Baseball officially announced Citi Field would host the 2013 All-Star Game. … Catcher Josh Thole passed his concussion test and was cleared to resume baseball activities, the club said. … Right-hander Jenrry Mejia is scheduled to start for Class AA Binghamton (N.Y.) Saturday in his next rehab appearance in his recovery from last May's Tommy John surgery. Collins said eventually he expects Mejia to pitch in relief this year. … Reds right fielder Jay Bruce was given a day off Wednesday against the Mets, because, manager Dusty Baker said, "If I don't give it to him today, he's not going to get it anytime soon."

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