Frank Francisco's patent on arson expired last night, just in time for Jon Rauch to reach for the matches and pass them to D.J. Carrasco.

With a shameful bullpen performance, the Mets again mugged Johan Santana and were left wondering whom they can trust in the late innings. This after the Reds scored four runs in the eighth and sent the Mets to their third loss in four games, 6-3 at Citi Field.

The knockout punch was Todd Frazier's two-run homer against Carrasco, a night after the veteran reliever was ejected for drilling Milwaukee's Ryan Braun following Rickie Weeks' home run. After last night's fiasco, Carrasco was designated for assignment and replaced by lefty reliever Robert Carson, who will arrive today from Triple-A Buffalo.