In the final season of his storied career, New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has pitched one of his best seasons to date. However, Tuesday night’s match-up against crosstown rival New York Mets would serve as the first major setback for the future hall of famer this season.
With a 1-0 lead heading into the ninth inning, Rivera entered the game and surrendered a ground rule double to Daniel Murphy to start the inning. David Wright would follow with an RBI single, scoring Murphy and tying the game 1-1.
The Mets’ 2-1 victory would serve as Rivera’s first blown save (and loss) of the season, and his first since April 6 (opening day) last season.
Mets ace Matt Harvey pitched as strong game despite earning a no-decision, working eight innings of one-run ball, striking out 10 batters and surrendering no walks. Despite the Mets’ loss, Harvey remains a perfect 5-0 on the season.
The Mets have now won three straight games en route to a 20-29 record, wherein they sit fourth in the NL East standings, 10 games behind the division leading Atlanta Braves.