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Rivera blows first save in April in two years

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Mariano Rivera had a rare hiccup on Tuesday night, as the usually reliable closer lost a two-run lead against the Blue Jays for his first blown save in April in nearly two years.

Toronto emerged with a 6-5 win in 10 innings.

Rivera allowed four hits and one walk in the ninth, though he escaped a bases-loaded, one-out situation to force the game to extra innings. Entering the game, Rivera had allowed four hits overall in his nine appearances without issuing a walk.

"I always go there with it in mind that everything is going to be fine," Rivera said. "It wasn't good today."

Manager Joe Girardi said Rivera was "off a little bit," as he left a few pitches up, including a leadoff double by Yunel Escobar. Two batters later, Rivera walked Jose Bautista, with ball four getting away from catcher Russell Martin for a rare wild pitch by the reliever that scored Escobar to shrink the Yankees' lead to a single run.

"I was upset at that one," Rivera said. "Situations like that, you can't do that."

Rivera hadn't allowed a run in his previous 19 April appearances dating back to April 29, 2009, and his last blown save in April had been April 24 of that same season.

"It happens," Girardi said. "Mo is as close to perfect in these situations as you can be, but as we know, nobody is perfect."

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