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David Wright and Lucas Duda hit RBI singles off Rivera, and the Mets rallied past the New York Yankees 2-1 on Tuesday night to foil baseball's career saves leader only hours after honoring him at Citi Field.
"I think we surprised ourselves," Wright said, "because when you get Mo coming in, it's usually game over."
Matt Harvey and Hiroki Kuroda locked up in an entertaining pitchers' duel that went to the ninth with the Yankees leading 1-0 on Lyle Overbay's run-scoring single. But all three batters to face Rivera (0-1) got hits, handing him the first blown save of his farewell season after he had converted 18 consecutive chances.
"Hopefully, it's the last one," Rivera said.
Daniel Murphy opened the ninth with a double just inside the left field line, and Wright tied it with a single to center. Wright reached second on Brett Gardner's throwing error and got a great jump off the bag when Duda fisted a single to right-center.
Wright scored pretty easily and the normally quiet Duda egged his teammates on for a wild celebration that carried into the outfield. With their second successive 2-1 victory against the Yankees, the Mets swept the first two-game leg of the Subway Series and matched a season high with their third consecutive victory.
It was the first time in his 19-year career that Rivera entered with a save opportunity and failed to get an out.
"It did happen quick," he said.
The Yankees have lost three in a row for the first time this year. They were the only team in the majors that hadn't had a three-game skid.
Scott Rice (3-3) tossed a scoreless inning and the Mets took the unbeaten Harvey off the hook for a loss for the third time this year.
The teams now head to Yankee Stadium for games Wednesday and Thursday night.
Saluted by the Mets and the FDNY before the game, the 43-year-old Rivera, who plans to retire after the season, cracked a big smile as he threw out a ceremonial first pitch to Mets career saves leader John Franco following a 91-minute rain delay at the start.
Just before that, the Mets played a video tribute to Rivera that ended with the message, "Congratulations on a Hall of Fame career."
Earlier, Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon presented Rivera with a mounted fire hose nozzle, and New York City Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano gave the game's greatest closer a mounted call box during a brief ceremony inside the ballpark.
"It has been great, everywhere I've been this year. And tonight everything was great -- until the ninth," said Rivera, who threw only nine pitches.
When it was Harvey's turn to toe the rubber, he came out firing fastballs clocked at 96-98 mph. Harvey grew up in Connecticut rooting for the Yankees, but has quickly blossomed into one of baseball's most dominant pitchers during his first full season with the Mets.
Showing no ill effects from his bruised calf, the 38-year-old Kuroda rebounded from a rough outing with a splendid one and demonstrated why he's been the Yankees' most dependable starter the past two seasons. He struck out seven and walked none, allowing only four singles in seven innings.
Kuroda needed to be stingy to stay with Harvey, who was on top of his game in his Subway Series debut. Harvey fanned 10 and walked none while yielding six hits in eight innings. Former Mets ace Dwight Gooden sat four rows behind home plate, updating Harvey's K count on Twitter, as usual.
The Yankees broke through against Harvey in the sixth after right fielder Marlon Byrd bobbled Gardner's leadoff single for an error that allowed the speedster to reach second.
Gardner advanced on a groundout and scored when Overbay lined a two-out single right past Harvey, who snapped his head in anger. The 24-year-old ace then struck out David Adams and yelled at himself repeatedly as he walked to the dugout.
"He's an ultimate competitor. He's an animal out there," Wright said. "I wish we could score some more runs while he's out there and get him some wins, because he deserves it."
Moments later, Gardner raced back and extended his arm just in time to catch Murphy's drive to deep left-center. Gardner's right shoulder slammed into the fence but he held onto the ball, denying Murphy a key extra-base hit for the second consecutive night.
In the series opener, Gardner robbed Murphy of a home run with a leaping catch in left-center -- also in the sixth inning with a runner on. Murphy got the last laugh, though, with a tiebreaking single in the eighth for a 2-1 Mets win.
Mets manager Terry Collins was ejected during an animated argument after Ruben Tejada was picked off second base to end the sixth. Second base umpire Adrian Johnson initially signaled safe, then changed his call -- correctly, it appeared.
An angry Collins waved his arms about and kicked first base before finally returning to the dugout.
"It fired me up," Harvey said. "I just had that gut feeling we were going to pull it out in the ninth."
The start was delayed 91 minutes by steady showers, thinning a crowd of 31,877 that left full sections of seats nearly empty.
Harvey was hit behind his left elbow by Ichiro Suzuki's liner in the seventh, but threw him out anyway. A trainer and two coaches came out to check on the Mets' prized right-hander, who impatiently waved them off and worked a 1-2-3 inning.
|Lucas Duda's teammates rush out to congratulate him after he delivers a walk-off single off Mariano Rivera. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|New York Yankees|
|Brett Gardner, CF||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.264|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.289|
|Vernon Wells, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.263|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||2||2||.251|
|David Adams, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.271|
|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.245|
|Reid Brignac, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.224|
|Chris Stewart, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.266|
|Hiroki Kuroda, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.000|
|a- Travis Hafner, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.258|
|David Robertson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mariano Rivera, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Kuroda in the 8th|
|RBI - Lyle Overbay (29)|
|2-OUT RBI - Lyle Overbay (15)|
|CS - Ichiro Suzuki (2, 2nd base by Rice/Buck)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|PB - Chris Stewart (4)|
|E - Robinson Cano (2, Dropped line drive), Brett Gardner (1, Throwing)|
|New York Yankees|
|David Robertson (H,10)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.86|
|Mariano Rivera (BS,1; L,0-1)||0||3||2||1||0||0||0||1.86|
|Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 110-72, David Robertson 11-8, Mariano Rivera 9-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 6-8, David Robertson 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 25, David Robertson 3, Mariano Rivera 3|
|New York Mets|
|Ruben Tejada, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.209|
|Daniel Murphy, 2B||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.304|
|David Wright, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||1||1||.295|
|Lucas Duda, LF||4||0||2||1||0||1||2||.242|
|Marlon Byrd, RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.238|
|Rick Ankiel, CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.215|
|John Buck, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.219|
|Ike Davis, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.152|
|Matt Harvey, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.136|
|a- Jordany Valdespin, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.214|
|Scott Rice, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Harvey in the 8th|
|2B - Daniel Murphy (16, M. Rivera)|
|RBI - David Wright (30), Lucas Duda (17)|
|PK - Ruben Tejada (1, Kuroda)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|E - Marlon Byrd (1, Misplayed grounder), Ruben Tejada (8, Throwing)|
|New York Mets|
|Scott Rice (W,3-3)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.38|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Harvey 114-80, Scott Rice 13-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Harvey 7-8, Scott Rice 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Matt Harvey 31, Scott Rice 3|
|Attendance - 31877|
|Game Time - 2:54|
|Temperature - 60|
|Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Field Culbreth|