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NEW YORK -- Mariano Rivera has 500 saves -- and one precious RBI.
Guess which feat he was most excited about.
On a New York night that belonged to baseball's most unflappable closer, Rivera became the second reliever to reach the 500-save milestone when the Yankees held off the punchless Mets 4-2 on Sunday for a Subway Series sweep.
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He joined Milwaukee's Trevor Hoffman, who has 571 saves, as the only major leaguers with 500. The biggest surprise, though: Rivera drew a bases-loaded walk to add a ninth-inning insurance run.
"I had one thing in mind -- just try to do something," Rivera said, before expounding on his save. "Don't get me wrong, it's definitely special."
Chien-Ming Wang won for the first time in more than a year and Rivera got four outs, securing the Yankees' fifth consecutive victory, all on the road.
In a fun twist, the 39-year-old closer even contributed offensively. The Mets walked Derek Jeter intentionally to get to Rivera with two outs, but he's proved to be no pushover at the plate. He fouled off a 2-2 pitch from Francisco Rodriguez before working out a walk for his first career RBI.
It was the third regular-season plate appearance for Rivera -- and second in five days. With his teammates yucking it up in the dugout, he flied out against Atlanta on Wednesday, when he got save No. 498.
"He looks good up there," longtime teammate Andy Pettitte said. "I think in Atlanta they gave him a take sign and he swung anyway."
The injury-depleted Mets managed five, their best offensive output of the three-game series. The Yankees took five of six games from their crosstown rivals this season, handing the Mets their first sweep in 13 series at their new home, Citi Field.
"He's one of the premier closers in my time," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said about Rivera. "I wasn't applauding him tonight, but you do have to applaud that."
Rivera entered with two on in the eighth and went to a full count on Omir Santos before throwing a called third strike. The right-hander pitched a one-hit ninth for his 18th save in 19 chances this season.
"He's the definition of consistency," Jeter said.
After the final out, Teixeira handed Rivera the game ball and the Yankees poured out of the dugout to hug him near first base.
It was the 110th time Rivera has gone more than one inning for a save. And he's done all this with one pitch for the most part -- that searing cut fastball.
"I told him he's the best ever. The best I've seen. Nobody can even compare," Yankees catcher Jorge Posada said.
The Yankees (43-32) matched a season high at 11 games over .500.
Still struggling with his command, Wang (1-6) allowed four hits and three walks in a season-high 5 1/3 innings. He was pulled with a runner on second, but Phil Coke and Phil Hughes got the Yankees out of the sixth unscathed.
Hughes worked around a leadoff walk in a hitless seventh. Brian Bruney got two outs but walked two batters before manager Joe Girardi called on Rivera, whose first save came on May 17, 1996, against the California Angels when he got Garret Anderson to ground into a game-ending double play, closing out an 8-5 victory for Andy Pettitte and the Yankees.
Girardi and Jeter each had two hits and an RBI in that game.
Following a season-ending foot injury last June, Wang has been unable to rediscover the form that made him a 19-game winner in 2006 and '07.
His previous victory was June 15 last year in Houston and he was 0-3 with a 34.50 ERA after three starts this season, then went on the disabled list for nearly a month with weakness in the adductor muscles in his hips.
After coming back, Wang made three relief appearances before returning to the rotation June 4 against Texas. His last three outings have shown gradual improvement.
|Mariano Rivera (far right) not only notches his 500th save, but also drives in his first run. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|New York Yankees|
|Derek Jeter, SS||2||1||1||0||3||0||0||.309|
|Nick Swisher, RF||2||1||0||0||1||0||0||.237|
|Phil Hughes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Hideki Matsui, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.246|
|Brian Bruney, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mariano Rivera, P||0||0||0||1||1||0||0||.000|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||4||1||1||2||1||1||3||.276|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||1||0||1||0||3||0||0||.232|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||6||.297|
|Jorge Posada, C||3||0||1||1||0||0||0||.272|
|Melky Cabrera, LF-RF||4||1||0||0||0||1||1||.286|
|Brett Gardner, CF||2||0||0||0||2||0||0||.289|
|Chien-Ming Wang, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Phil Coke, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Johnny Damon, LF||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.288|
|a-grounded out for Hughes in the 8th|
|2B - Derek Jeter (15, Hernandez), Mark Teixeira (22, Hernandez)|
|SF - Jorge Posada (3)|
|RBI - Mariano Rivera (1), Mark Teixeira 2 (60), Jorge Posada (33)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mariano Rivera (1)|
|SB - Melky Cabrera (5, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Santos)|
|CS - Robinson Cano (3, 2nd base by Hernandez/Schneider)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Jeter-Cano-Teixeira|
|New York Yankees|
|Chien-Ming Wang (W,1-6)||5.1||4||2||2||3||3||0||10.06|
|Phil Coke (H,5)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.31|
|Phil Hughes (H,2)||1.1||0||0||0||1||1||0||4.44|
|Brian Bruney (H,7)||0.2||0||0||0||2||1||0||2.84|
|Mariano Rivera (S,18)||1.1||1||0||0||0||2||0||2.93|
|HBP - Cora (by Chien-Ming Wang)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chien-Ming Wang 85-49, Phil Coke 6-4, Phil Hughes 16-10, Brian Bruney 15-6, Mariano Rivera 23-16|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chien-Ming Wang 10-2, Phil Hughes 2-1, Mariano Rivera 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Chien-Ming Wang 23, Phil Coke 1, Phil Hughes 5, Brian Bruney 4, Mariano Rivera 5|
|New York Mets|
|Daniel Murphy, 1B||5||0||1||0||0||2||0||.246|
|Alex Cora, SS||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.252|
|David Wright, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.342|
|Gary Sheffield, RF-LF||3||1||2||0||1||0||1||.280|
|Fernando Tatis, LF||2||0||0||0||1||0||2||.254|
|Francisco Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Fernando Martinez, CF||4||1||1||1||0||2||3||.169|
|Brian Schneider, C||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||.233|
|a- Omir Santos, PH-C||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.273|
|Luis Castillo, 2B||3||0||1||1||1||0||1||.279|
|Livan Hernandez, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.111|
|b- Argenis Reyes, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.143|
|Pedro Feliciano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sean Green, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeremy Reed, RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.282|
|a-flied out for Schneider in the 6th|
|b-hit into fielder's choice-bunting for Hernandez in the 7th|
|2B - Fernando Martinez (6, Wang)|
|SH - Fernando Tatis (2)|
|RBI - Fernando Martinez (7), Luis Castillo (16)|
|2-OUT RBI - Luis Castillo (7)|
|SB - David Wright (20, 3rd base off M. Rivera/Posada), Luis Castillo (8, 2nd base off Wang/Posada)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Castillo-Cora-Murphy, Hernandez-Cora-Castillo, Cora-Murphy|
|New York Mets|
|Livan Hernandez (L,5-3)||7||3||3||3||5||1||0||4.04|
|IBB - Rodriguez by Livan Hernandez, Teixeira by Pedro Feliciano, Jeter by Francisco Rodriguez|
|Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 115-56, Pedro Feliciano 16-8, Sean Green 10-5, Francisco Rodriguez 38-18|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 6-11, Pedro Feliciano 2-0, Sean Green 1-0, Francisco Rodriguez 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 26, Pedro Feliciano 4, Sean Green 2, Francisco Rodriguez 7|
|Attendance - 41315|
|Game Time - 3:38|
|Temperature - 69|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Chris Guccione|