Like Jeff Wilpon suspected, Mariano Rivera threw out both the first pitch and the last, but it didn’t end in typical Rivera fashion. The Mets stunned the Yankees for the second straight night, this time beating Rivera with three straight hits to lead off the ninth in a 2-1 win Tuesday night at Citi Field.
Lucas Duda blooped a walkoff single to plate David Wright with the winning run after Wright had singled home Daniel Murphy to tie it. Brett Gardner’s attempt to throw out Murphy at the plate eluded Chris Stewart and allowed Wright to scamper into scoring position.
The blown save — Rivera’s first in 19 attempts this season — spoiled another strong outing by Hiroki Kuroda, who threw seven scoreless innings. Lyle Overbay drove in Gardner with two out in the sixth to scratch a run off Matt Harvey, who struck out 10 and allowed six hits, no walks and just the one run in eight strong innings. Gardner also made a running catch, crashing against the fence in the sixth to rob Murphy for the second straight night.
Stat of the night: Rivera had never blown a save without recording an out in 1,072 career outings.
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