Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/7/12

NEW YORK -- The Citi Field crowd was silenced as quickly as it had stirred, with Lucas Duda's liner landing in the mitt of Chicago Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol, who quickly threw to first for a game-ending double play.

Just like that, the New York Mets fell 8-7 to the Cubs a moment after sparking an adrenaline-filled sense of deja vu.

One night after a ninth-inning rally beat the Philadelphia Phillies, the Mets scrambled back in a game they once trailed by five, scoring three runs in the ninth.

The late charge threatened to upstage Cubs' sensation Anthony Rizzo, who homered, drove in three runs and had his first career four-hit game, and Reed Johnson, who added four hits of his own for Chicago.

Trailing 8-4 in the ninth, the Mets got a lead off home run from Jordany Valdespin. Pinch hitter Ike Davis then followed three straight walks with a two-run single to pull the Mets within a run with one out.

But Marmol snared Duda's liner and doubled up Davis at first to end the wild win, the Cubs' seventh in 10 games since Rizzo was promoted.

"It was getting interesting," said Cubs starter Travis Wood (4-3). "But he pulled it off, made the play, and we got the double play."

It was the third win in four games against the Mets for Chicago, which drew a measure of revenge for its 17-1 loss at Wrigley Field last month by thumping out a season-high 18 hits.

The Mets watched Johan Santana (6-5) tie a career-high by giving up 13 of those, while allowing a season-high seven runs in 4 2/3 innings. He gave up five of those runs and seven hits in the fifth inning, which started with him tripping over Johnson while covering first on Johnson's infield hit. Santana said his ankle was sore, but that it did not affect him in the inning.

"He's human," Mets third baseman David Wright said, "so he's gonna have a bad game every now and then."

Two batters after Johnson reached, Rizzo drilled Santana's first pitch for a three-run homer and a 5-2 lead.

"Facing Johan today, I was very excited to face him," said Rizzo, who upped his average to .375 and hit his fourth homer. "Cy Young award winner, threw a no-hitter a couple weeks ago. Just tried not to do too much against him."

While Rizzo and the Cubs might not have pressed, they didn't exactly lay back, Santana said.

"Those guys were very aggressive," he said. "They were swinging right away and putting the ball in play."

Wood limited the Mets to three runs [two earned] on five hits in six innings and two relievers held the Mets to a run before Marmol nearly gave away the lead in the ninth.

Duda homered for New York and Justin Turner tied his career-high with four hits for the Mets, who also got 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief from Ramon Ramirez.

Santana's struggles marked the second straight night in which a top Mets starter exited having tied a career-high in hits allowed. R.A. Dickey surrendered 11 hits on Thursday against the Phillies.

With the score tied at 2 in the fifth, Chicago pounded away at Santana, with each position player except for Alfonso Soriano getting at least a single. Rizzo smacked a three-run homer for a 5-2 lead. After Soriano struck out for the first out, Jeff Baker homered to left.

After three more consecutive singles, Santana was helped only by Luis Valbuena getting caught in a rundown as he tried to advance on a throw following his RBI hit made it 7-2.

Ramirez then came on to get Wood on a comebacker to end the inning.

Ronny Cedeno, starting against the lefty Wood in place of Daniel Murphy, doubled in a run in the third to give the Mets a 2-1 lead an inning after Duda's solo shot to right tied it at 1.

Johnson gave the Cubs a 1-0 with a home run leading off the game.

In the end, the Mets' latest late rally came up short.

"We kind of stole one yesterday," Wright said of Thursday's 6-5 win over the Phillies. "Today, we just ran out of gas late."

NOTES: Mets center fielder Andres Torres (back) is day-to-day, but likely won't play before the All-Star break, manager Terry Collins said. Collins said Torres shouldn't need a DL stint, though. ... Jason Bay (concussion) will participate in baseball activities over the weekend at the club's spring training complex in Port St. Lucie (Fla.), with a goal of starting rehab games soon after that, Collins said. ... Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster (sore right lat) will come off the disabled list to start Sunday's game. Shortstop Starlin Castro received a day off Friday for the first time this season. Manager Dale Sveum told reporters he wanted the slumping All-Star to "just kick back one day before the break and observe." ... The Mets wore their "Los Mets" uniforms as part of Hispanic Heritage night, which also included a guest PA announcer, who introduced players in Spanish.

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