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Mets come back off Mariano Rivera, beat Yankees in 10

Jul 3, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

Jason Bay AP

The Mets scored single runs in the ninth and 10th innings to beat the Yankees 3-2 and avoid a home sweep Sunday.

Already down Jose Reyes because of a hamstring strain, the Mets’ chances appeared to take another hit today when R.A. Dickey was forced from a 1-1 game after five innings due to tightness in his glute.  The Mets got two scoreless innings from rookie Pedro Beato, but they fell behind in the eighth after Jason Isringhausen gave up a run on a Curtis Granderson sac fly.

To come back from there, the Mets relied on what’s been their biggest offensive weapon this season: the base on balls.  The NL leaders in walks and OBP couldn’t push across a run after two David Robertson walks in the eighth, but they did capitalize on Mariano Rivera‘s two-out walk of Jason Bay in the ninth.  Lucas Duda and Ronny Paulino both singled from there to tie up the game.

With the winning run on second, Ruben Tejada then hit a ball that went through shortstop Ramiro Pena for an error.  Fortunately, left fielder Brett Gardner was charging the entire time, and though his throw home was a bit wide of home plate, Russell Martin was able to haul it in and dive back across the plate in time to tag Duda and send the game into extras.

The Mets went on to win it in 10.  Scott Hairston walked to lead off the inning against Luis Ayala and was sacrificed to second.  After a HBP and a strikeout, Daniel Murphy hit a pretty routine grounder to short that Pena bobbled for his second error in two innings.  With the bases loaded, Bay drove a pitch into the gap in right-center to end the game.

Bay has now hit in six straight games.  He’s also driven in seven runs and walked six times during that span.

Francisco Rodriguez, pitching two innings for the first time this season, earned the win today.  The blown save was Rivera’s fourth of the year and first against the Mets since 1999.

The Yankees lost their seven-game winning streak, but they did end up 4-2 against the Mets this season.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 3, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Four blown saves by Rivera isn’t that bad except by his standards. I wish that the so called closers on my team only had four blown saves this year.

  2. pisano - Jul 3, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Pena will be back in the minors shortly, although Rivera did let this one get away Pena booted two sure outs for the Mets win. See Ya, Pena.

  3. Ari Collins - Jul 3, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    Time for the annual, “Is Rivera finally breaking down?” articles, at the end of which the writer will look at Rivera’s numbers this year and go, “Holy $#@!, who am I kidding? Guy’s a frickin’ cyborg.”

  4. yankeesfanlen - Jul 3, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    All this consternation could have been easily solved if the Yanks had their usual 5+ runs per game.

    • tsi4431 - Jul 4, 2011 at 8:49 AM

      Believe me, if this game was played in Yankees stadium it would of been 15-5. That park is an embarrassment to baseball. My 12 year old can hit a home run there.

  5. 27xwschamps - Jul 4, 2011 at 2:08 AM

    Pisano !!! Thank u … See u ltr pena.. Enjoy AAA…

  6. gcryall - Jul 4, 2011 at 5:12 AM

    Another loss directly attributed to Girardi. The guy has no clue about handling pitchers. I can see why Chris Lee rejected the Yankees. Girardi would never let him finish a game, even if he was pitching a no hitter at the time. Seems like 6 or 7 innings is too much for Joe, he gets the itch to yank a starting pitcher no matter how well they are doing. Does the same for relief pitchers. Hank and Dave will have to make a decision at the end of the year as to who to bring in as a new manager…..(At least I hope so).

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