The New York Mets won their second straight game against the New York Yankees for the first time since 2010 as Mariano Rivera surrendered two ninth-inning runs for his first blown save of the Major League Baseball season.
The Mets won 2-1 for the second straight night at Citi Field in New York. The four-game crosstown series now switches to Yankee Stadium for games tonight and tomorrow.
Rivera, 43, the MLB career leader with 626 saves, had successfully converted all 18 of his previous save opportunities this season. He leads the American League in saves in 2013.
“We don’t want that to happen, but it happened,” Rivera said on the Yankees website. “Hopefully, it’s the last one, God knows. But at the same time, what can I say? It was a great game until it got into the game.”
The Mets remain fourth in the five-team National League East division with a 20-29 record. The Yankees (30-21) are one game behind the AL East division-leading Boston Red Sox (32-21), who lost 3-1 to the Philadelphia Phillies last night.
After rain caused a 100-minute delay to the start of last night’s game, the Yankees took the lead in the sixth inning. Brett Gardner reached second base on a fielding error by Marlon Byrd and advanced to third on Robinson Cano’s groundout before scoring on Lyle Overbay’s single.
Rivera relieved David Robertson in the ninth and gave up hits to all three batters he faced. Leadoff batter Daniel Murphy had a ground-rule double before scoring on Wright’s single to tie it at 1-1. Wright, who had advanced to second on a throwing error by center fielder Gardner, then scored the winning run on Lucas Duda’s single.
“Incredible,” Wright told ESPN in a televised interview. “To get one against the greatest closer of all time, I mean, those don’t come around too often.”
Rivera threw the ceremonial first pitch before the game last night as the Mets honored the 12-time All-Star in his last scheduled appearance at Citi Field in his 19th and final season.
Mets starter Matt Harvey surrendered one run on six hits and struck out 10 in eight innings, while reliever Scott Rice (3-3) got the win after pitching the ninth. Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda gave up four hits and struck out seven in seven scoreless innings.