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Mets get to Mariano Rivera in 9th, beat Yankees 2-1

May 28, 2013, 11:53 PM EDT

Mariano Rivera

After 626 saves in 19 seasons, Mariano Rivera doesn’t have many firsts left. The Mets, however, tagged him with an unfortunate one Tuesday, collecting three straight hits off him in the ninth to overcome a 1-0 deficit and beat the Yankees 2-1.

It was the first time Rivera had ever taken a blown save or a loss in an appearance without recording an out. It was just the third time that he’s appeared in a game and failed to get an out.

The Mets were fortunate to have the right part of their order up against Rivera tonight. Daniel Murphy started the bottom of the ninth with a double the other way. David Wright then singled up the middle, plating Murphy and tying the game. When the throw home got away from catcher Chris Stewart, Wright moved up to second. He then raced around ahead of Ichiro Suzuki‘s throw home on Lucas Duda‘s game-winning single to right.

The only previous times Rivera had appeared and not gotten an out came on Sept. 26, 1995 and Aug. 10, 2008. In the first, he was making just his eighth career relief appearance. He allowed a single to the Brewers in the eighth inning and was immediately replaced by Rick Honeycutt. The latter appearance came in the ninth inning in a tie game against the Angels. Rivera entered with two on and gave up a game-winning single to the first batter he faced.

Rivera’s blown save and loss tonight were his first since April 6, 2012. The Yankees prevailed in his each of his previous 28 appearances, with Rivera picking up saves in 23 of those games.

The defeat tonight came after the Mets honored Rivera prior to the game and had him throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

  1. cur68 - May 28, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Happens to everyone, even the best.

    • woodyqq2 - May 29, 2013 at 8:24 PM

      Yes, even I had a bad day. Diff is these paparazzi don’t follow me. Mo just extended their payday.

  2. frank433 - May 28, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Look for more teams to have him throw the first pitch.

    • madhatternalice - May 29, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      Someone should have told him not to warm up before the first pitch.

  3. chill1184 - May 29, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    #youcantpredictball

  4. globalcowboy13 - May 29, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Rivera probably becomes the first pitcher to lose after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch

  5. Last Road Reviews - May 29, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    And just earlier it was blogged here about Rivera most likely closing the game in a Mets loss.

    Maybe next time skip the predictions. Looking a bit foolish

  6. twayward - May 29, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    yankees fans chirping on wfan about how their team is “the varsity” and how matt harvey won’t face a better lineup all season made the sweep at Citi Field all the nore sweet.

    • eatitfanboy - May 29, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      Except the part where they were winning when he left the game.

      • jl9830 - May 29, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        Don’t know what point you’re trying to make. Harvey was dominant again, and the Mets won. It’s not like the Yankees beat Harvey or anything. They scored one run off him in 8 innings while he racked up 10 K’s. Nice work.

  7. theskinsman - May 29, 2013 at 3:44 AM

    Sweet Caroline!

    • spellingcops - May 29, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      Don’t get OG fired up…

  8. sdelmonte - May 29, 2013 at 4:41 AM

    Given how long this season is going to be, taking two of two from the Yanks at home feels nice.

  9. atthebuzzzer - May 29, 2013 at 5:14 AM

    STOP!!!!

    Sent from my iPhone

  10. deadrabbit79 - May 29, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    And the Mets win the World Series!!! Oh wait……..

    • eatitfanboy - May 29, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      You know you are rooting for a great team when another team “sweeps” them in a two game set and thinks they won the World Series. LOL

      • jl9830 - May 29, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        Always love when you can tell who all the pissed off fanboys are by how defensive they get. These past few losses must be really hurting you today.

  11. twayward - May 29, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    thank you for providing an example of my point deadrabbit79. the bronx bombers entered the subway series undefeated this season when leading after six innings. the mets overcame such deficits on consecutive nights — vs the outstanding Robertson and the legendary rivera. yankees fans’ reactions represent the whipped cream on a delicious victory sundae.

  12. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 29, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    You have to hand it to Chris Stewart…he has been surprisingly good with the bat this season, and he has been living up to the idea that catchers are either good at offense or good at defense. His defense has been nearly “Jesusian” (Montero that is) this season and he is one of the the primary reasons the Yankees lost both games. Ridiculous passed balls, didn’t corral that throw home on Wright’s single…just ugly.

    Ichiro on the other hand…what does he do for this team again? He doesn’t hit, doesn’t get on base and apparently can’t steal a base anymore…Can we send him to visit Ben Francisco?

  13. rickdobrydney - May 29, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Yeah, let the going nowhere Mets have their little party —it might be the only one they have this year—it’s as if they won the 7th game of the world series—– I knew there was trouble when Murphy
    stuck out his bat and hit a cheap, mistake, excuse me double down the line……

    • richyballgame - May 29, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      Wow,someone is bitter.

  14. mantastic54 - May 29, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Too bad Harvey didn’t have the will to win and needed to be bailed out

    • crisisofinfinitephils - May 29, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      Ha! You yankee fans crack me up. The will to win? Yankee fans wouldn’t know what to do with themselves if they had a young pitcher like Harvey. Instead theyre too busy propping up middling pitchers. Phil Hughes? Next roger Clemens. Joba? Treat him like fine china, he’s going to be great. The Killer B’s? Who are they again?

    • jl9830 - May 29, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      LOL. So pitching 8 innings of 1-run ball with 10 K’s is not having the will to win if your offense scores nothing? Got it- we’re blaming Harvey for the Mets’ offense now.

    • sabatimus - May 29, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      You’re right: he should have batted in and scored all the Mets’ runs too. Heck, Harvey is so bad that Selig ought to allow the team to use a DH in their own park.

  15. rickdobrydney - May 29, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Yes, and Overbay was about 1/8 of an inch of making it 4-0 off Harvey in the 9th when his screaming liner was caught near the wall—– Game of inches—-

    • crisisofinfinitephils - May 29, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      Shhh…let it go.

  16. jerseygirl57 - May 29, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    My guess is that Girardi never lets Mo throw out the first pitch again! But I must admit I covet Harvey for my team. (My husband is in 7th heaven today, but, hey, as a mixed marriage, I can let him have his 10 minutes of happiness).

  17. eatitfanboy - May 29, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    So if the Yankees win the next two, would that mean the Mets DIDN’T win the World Series last night?

    • jl9830 - May 29, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      Who said the Mets won the World Series? Hint: not one Mets fan; only you. Let me try to spell this out for you: your childish, junior-high school reaction is making this even sweeter for Mets fans. We are LOVING this!

      Next time you guys have a couple of big, walk-off wins against the Red Sox, we’ll be sure to come here and remind you that you, in fact, didn’t win the World Series (although I’m still not sure it’s relevant), since we did in fact just sweep the Citi portion of the Subway Series. Eat it, fan boy.

  18. multiplemiggs - May 29, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Yankee fans are all butt-hurt. They were lucky to have been winning all the games they have with their 2nd tier lineup. Who cares baseball sucks anyway. There is a million games.

    • sabatimus - May 29, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      I see Lecter hasn’t gotten to you yet.

  19. kev86 - May 29, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    9 pitches, 3 hits, a blown save and a loss. See ya Mo!!!

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