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TORONTO -- To Mariano Rivera, it was just another save. To Yankees manager Joe Girardi, there's no such thing.
"To me it was normal," Rivera said.
|1. Trevor Hoffman||601|
|1. Mariano Rivera-y||601|
|3. Lee Smith||478|
|4. John Franco||424|
|5. Billy Wagner||422|
|6. Dennis Eckersley||390|
|7. Jeff Reardon||367|
|8. Troy Percival||358|
|9. Randy Myers||347|
|10. Rollie Fingers||341|
With his team still trying to clinch the AL East, Girardi wasn't hearing any of that.
"Right now, they're all big for us," he said.
The 41-year-old Rivera was perfect in pitching the ninth inning for his 42nd save of the season, leaving him on the brink of sole ownership of the mark.
"602 is the big one because it just puts the final stamp on it that he's the greatest closer of all time," Girardi said.
If Rivera doesn't get the record Sunday, he'll likely reach it sometime during an eight-game homestand that begins Monday.
"I would love to get it at home, but I don't think like that," Rivera said.
Rivera struck out Colby Rasmus looking to start the ninth, then retired Brett Lawrie on a broken-bat grounder to first. While some in the crowd of 39,288 headed for the exits, most stayed to watch as Rivera got Eric Thames on a routine fly to center.
Even before the ball had been caught, Rivera walked off the mound with his head lowered to shake hands with catcher Russell Martin. Rivera broke into a smile during the postgame congratulations line and embraced teammate Alex Rodriguez.
Center fielder Curtis Granderson flipped Rivera the souvenir ball.
Rivera, whose wife and two youngest sons joined him in Toronto for the weekend, told the media hordes gathered around his locker that he doesn't enjoy the spotlight of his record pursuit.
"I am uncomfortable because I don't have this much attention at all," he said, smiling. "I would like you guys to just leave it alone. That would be good."
Rivera, now in his 17th season in the big leagues, recorded his 600th save at Seattle on Tuesday. He also has 42 saves in postseason play.
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"Mo is awesome," Rodriguez said. "You just run out of things to say about him. Every save he's had in his career meant something, and tonight was another example of that."
Blue Jays manager John Farrell called Rivera "the standard by which all are compared."
"If you're a fan of baseball and the game, you appreciate how good he is, how consistent he is," Farrell said.
The tying save came in Rivera's 60th appearance of the year, surpassing former Yankees teammate Mike Stanton with a record 14 seasons of 60 games.
Granderson hit his 40th homer, a go-ahead shot in the seventh to cap a 12-pitch at-bat. He fouled off seven straight pitches before homering.
Rodriguez hit his 16th home run as New York ended a two-game skid. The Yankees trailed 6-1 before beginning their comeback with four runs in the sixth.
Bartolo Colon, who has not won in eight starts, allowed six runs and seven hits in four innings for New York.
"It wasn't great," Girardi said. "Six runs in four innings is not what we expect from Bartolo. We'll see if we can get him back on track his next start."
The Yankees closed to 6-5 in the sixth. Granderson led off with a double and scored when Rasmus bobbled Mark Teixeira's single to center. Robinson Cano was hit by a pitch and Rodriguez followed with his first home run since Sept. 4.
"I came up in the same situation a couple of innings before and didn't come through so I was glad to get another opportunity," Rodriguez said. "I got a good pitch to hit and capitalized."
The Yankees answered with a run in the fourth, an inning marked by Cano's baserunning blunder. After hitting an RBI double, Teixeira moved to third when left fielder Adam Loewen dropped Cano's fly ball to left. One out later, Nick Swisher hit a liner into right center but Rasmus made a fine running catch for the second out. Thinking the ball would drop, Cano rounded third and passed Teixeira, who was heading back to tag up. Cano was ruled out, and the Blue Jays got credit for a double play.
"I think Robby thought the ball was going to drop for sure," Girardi said. "When Swish hit it, I thought it was going to fall, too. Still, you've got to make sure."
Toronto added to its lead and chased Colon with two runs in the bottom half, with McCoy hitting a two-out double to right.
|Mariano Rivera earns his 42nd save of the season and the 601st of his 17-year career. (Getty Images)|
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|New York Yankees|
|Derek Jeter, SS||5||1||1||0||0||1||2||.292|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||3||3||3||2||2||0||0||.268|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||5||1||2||0||0||0||2||.246|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||2||1||0||1||0||0||0||.305|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||4||1||2||3||0||0||2||.287|
|Nick Swisher, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.261|
|Chris Dickerson, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Jesus Montero, DH||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.282|
|Brett Gardner, LF||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.262|
|Austin Romine, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.143|
|a- Eric Chavez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.271|
|Russell Martin, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.234|
|a-struck out for Romine in the 9th|
|2B - Curtis Granderson (23, Alvarez), Mark Teixeira (24, Alvarez)|
|3B - Brett Gardner (8, Alvarez)|
|HR - Curtis Granderson (40, Villanueva), Alex Rodriguez (16, Alvarez)|
|SF - Robinson Cano (8)|
|RBI - Curtis Granderson 2 (113), Robinson Cano (112), Alex Rodriguez 3 (59)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Jeter-Cano-Teixeira|
|E - Austin Romine (1, Missed catch of throw)|
|New York Yankees|
|Aaron Laffey (W,3-2)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.15|
|Hector Noesi (H,4)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.01|
|Rafael Soriano (H,22)||1||0||0||0||0||3||0||3.82|
|Mariano Rivera (S,42)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.02|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bartolo Colon 67-47, Scott Proctor 15-8, Aaron Laffey 13-9, Hector Noesi 18-12, Rafael Soriano 17-10, Mariano Rivera 15-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bartolo Colon 4-5, Scott Proctor 1-0, Aaron Laffey 1-2, Hector Noesi 1-1, Mariano Rivera 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Bartolo Colon 20, Scott Proctor 3, Aaron Laffey 3, Hector Noesi 3, Rafael Soriano 3, Mariano Rivera 3|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Mike McCoy, SS||3||0||1||3||0||0||0||.209|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.214|
|Jose Bautista, RF||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.304|
|Adam Lind, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.255|
|David Cooper, DH||4||1||1||0||0||3||0||.231|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||4||2||2||1||0||1||0||.239|
|Brett Lawrie, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||.300|
|Adam Loewen, LF||2||1||0||0||1||1||2||.313|
|Eric Thames, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.260|
|Jose Molina, C||2||0||1||1||0||0||2||.293|
|a- Mark Teahen, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.188|
|J.P. Arencibia, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.220|
|a-struck out for Molina in the 7th|
|2B - Mike McCoy (7, Colon), Colby Rasmus (22, Colon), Jose Molina (11, Colon)|
|SH - Mike McCoy (3)|
|RBI - Mike McCoy 3 (8), Colby Rasmus (53), Brett Lawrie (24), Jose Molina (15)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mike McCoy 2 (4)|
|Team LOB - 2|
|DP - Johnson-McCoy-Lind, Johnson-McCoy-Lind, Rasmus-Lawrie|
|E - Adam Loewen (2, Dropped fly), Colby Rasmus (6, Misplayed grounder)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Carlos Villanueva (BS,1; L,6-4)||1||2||2||2||0||0||1||4.13|
|HBP - Cano (by Henderson Alvarez)|
|WP - Henderson Alvarez (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Henderson Alvarez 87-59, Carlos Villanueva 26-19, Kyle Drabek 29-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Henderson Alvarez 11-4, Carlos Villanueva 3-0, Kyle Drabek 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Henderson Alvarez 27, Carlos Villanueva 5, Kyle Drabek 7|
|Attendance - 39288|
|Game Time - 2:50|
|Temperature - 61|
|Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Jerry Meals|