Thursday afternoon at Citi, Justin Upton hit a 3 run homer off Jeurys Familia in the top of the 9th inning. The Padres come from behind and beat the Mets 8-7. The Mets went into the top of the 9th with a 7-5 lead. Familia got the first two outs of the 9th when a rain delay came. When the game resumed the Friars got singles by Derek Norris and Matt Kemp. Upton followed with the three run bomb, his 18th to give the Padres the lead. The Mets constructed a 7-1 lead. The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st when Curtis Granderson doubled to center. Moved to 3rd on a fly out by Ruben Tejada and scored on a sac-fly by Daniel Murphy. In the 5th Kevin Plawecki singled and was erased on force play by Niese trying to bunt. Juan Lagares walked and then Granderson hit his 16th home run to right center clearing the bases for a 4-0 lead. Niese was sharp on the day. In his last outing he was distracted by his wife being in labor. Thursday the new Father pitched with a purpose. Niese ran into a speed bump in the 6th. He allowed an RBI single to Matt Kemp to make it 4-1. Then with the bases loaded and 1 out he got Jed Gyorko to ground into an inning ending double play. In the 6th Juan Uribe hit his first Met homer, a solo shot to make it 5-1. Lagares hit a sac-fly scoring Michael Conforto and it was 6-1. Tejada’s RBI single scored Plawecki and it was 7-1. Derek Norris was a one man wrecking crew on the day. He went 5 for 5 including a grand slam in the 7th off Hansel Robles to pull the Padres to within 7-5. Bobby Parnell got into the bases loaded jam. Hansel Robles yielded the slam, for Norris his 12th homer on the year. In the 9th Upton powered the Padres to the 8-7 win. The game was delayed a second time and much longer after the top of the 9th. When play resumed Craig Kimbrel retired the Mets 1-2-3 to notch his 30th save. Niese went 6 innings allowing 6 hits the 1 run (earned) walking 1 and striking out 6. Familia takes the loss falling to 2-1. Familia is in a horrible slump blowing his 3rd consecutive save. Marcos Mateo gets the win he’s now 1-0. With the loss the Mets drop to 52-50 on the year and 35-18 at home. The Nats won on Thursday afternoon so the Mets fall to 3 games out, going into this weekend’s series. Friday, the Nationals come to Flushing for a 3 game battle for 1st place. Friday night Matt Harvey (9-7 3.16) goes for the Mets, Gio Gonzalez (8-4 3.83) goes for Washington.