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K-Rod is back, day after the sorrow

Called upon less than 24 hours after blown save, closer locks down a Mets victory

Updated: July 4, 2010, 8:08 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

WASHINGTON -- It would have been simpler had Francisco Rodriguez waited another day for redemption, and had the New York Mets breezed through a series-splitting victory against the Washington Nationals.

Instead, despite building an eight-run lead after four innings, the closer's services were required Sunday afternoon. And a day after his self-proclaimed "freaking worst performance I've ever had in my entire life," K-Rod welcomed the opportunity to make things right.

Rodriguez, ...

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