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Familia gives up J-Upton's 3-run homer in rainy 9th, Mets lose 2nd straight to Padres, 8-7

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NEW YORK — The 44-minute rain delay wasn't the problem for . The quality of his pitches was the issue.

Familia returned from the first of two ninth-inning rain delays adding up to almost four hours, taking the mound with two outs and a two-run lead. He gave up three straight hits, including 's go-head home run that led the San Diego Padres to an 8-7 victory over the New York Mets on Thursday.

"I didn't feel different," Familia said of the delay. "I made a bad pitch, in the middle ... then the home run. I don't have an excuse."

Upton's three-run shot through a driving rain capped a most unusual 24 hours at Citi Field for the Mets, who wasted a six-run lead in their second straight loss to San Diego.

A night earlier, shortstop was left on the field in tears after hearing from fans he'd been traded — in a deal it turns out was prematurely announced by reporters on social media because it never happened.

Now, New York must regroup before opening three-game set against the NL East-leading Washington Nationals, who have a three-game lead in the division.

"We're all humans out here. You know, we're not tigers in a circus jumping through rings of fire and get put in our cages afterwards," manager said.

With a darkening sky overhead, Familia entered with a 7-5 lead and got two quick outs in the ninth before a torrential downpour stopped play. Frustrated, the Mets closer stood on the mound as the other players cleared the field.

When play resumed, Derrick Norris fell behind two strikes before singling for his career-high fifth hit. singled as the rain began again and Upton, in what could be his final at-bat with the Padres, sent the first pitch soaring to right-center for San Diego's first lead.

"Bedlam. It was crazy," Padres manager said of the mood in the dugout after the home run. "To have it happen against a pitcher of that quality is a testament to how good he is, how clutch he is."

After grounded out, play was halted again, this time for 2:52. then was perfect in a five-minute ninth for his 30th save, in front of just several hundred fans.

Marcos Mateo (1-0) pitched the eighth for the win.

Familia (2-1) dropped to 0 for 3 in save opportunities since the All-Star break. He was 27 of 29 before the four-day hiatus in mid-July.

"He is still going to be the closer," Collins said. "Hopefully get his confidence back and get him out there a little bit more often and we'll see what the results are."

With San Diego trailing 7-1 in the seventh inning, Norris hit his second grand slam of the season, off , who was facing his first batter after loaded the bases. Kemp had an RBI single in the sixth off for San Diego, winners of 8 of 12.

The Mets had taken a 4-0 lead on 's sacrifice fly and 's three-run homer off . They upped it to 7-1 in the bottom of the sixth on Juan Uribe's first homer for New York, his ninth overall. had a sacrifice fly and a run-scoring single after ' fielding error at shortstop.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: RHP (shoulder inflammation) had his scheduled rehab start scratched because of soreness in his shoulder. He will return to San Diego to be examined by a team doctor. "Don't know how significant it is," Murphy said.

Mets: The Mets optioned C to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for Travis d'Arnaud, who will be activated off the DL Friday. ... RHP (shoulder) saw a doctor in Florida. He will return to the mound in the next day or so.

UP NEXT

Padres: (6-9) is scheduled to start against Miami after the trade deadline passes, but the former 21-game winner's name has been included as someone San Diego might move.

Mets: brings a 1.34 ERA over seven starts against the Nationals into the series opener. is 0 for 14 against the Dark Knight. is 5 for 17 (.294) with a double and homer against him.

HAND BALL

World Cup soccer champion Abby Wambach threw out the ceremonial first pitch. She made her toss from in front of the mound while wearing her medal from the U.S. team's recent victory.

PHOTO: New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada (11) runs for cover as groundskeepers unroll the tarp after a sudden downpour interrupted the New York Mets baseball game against the San Diego Padres with two outs in the top of the ninth inning in New York, Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada (11) runs for cover as groundskeepers unroll the tarp after a sudden downpour interrupted the New York Mets baseball game against the San Diego Padres with two outs in the top of the ninth inning in New York, Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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PHOTO: San Diego Padres' Justin Upton trots past third base after hitting a ninth-inning, three-run home run off New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia in a rain-delayed baseball game in New York, Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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