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If the New York Mets are to continue their current win streak, they must find a way to end their recent struggles at Yankee Stadium.
The Mets can record a season-high fourth consecutive victory Wednesday night by snapping a five-game road skid to the Yankees, who have dropped three in a row for the first time this season.
Though the first two months of the season have been rough for the Mets (20-29), they rebounded from a five-game slide to win three straight for the second time in 2013. Runs in the seventh and eighth innings gave the Mets a 2-1 victory over the Yankees (30-21) on Monday, then David Wright and Lucas Duda hit RBI singles off Mariano Rivera in the ninth for a victory by the same score Tuesday.
The blown save was the first of the season for Rivera and prevented budding Mets star Matt Harvey from being saddled with his first loss.
"I think we surprised ourselves,'' Wright said, "because when you get Mo coming in, it's usually game over.''
Rivera converted the first 18 save opportunities during his farewell season.
"Hopefully, it's the last one,'' said Rivera, who has converted 22 of 25 save chances against the Mets, including postseason, during his stellar career.
Duda has batted .333 in his last 12 games while Wright has hit .407 with five RBIs in his past seven against the Yankees.
Though the Mets have built some momentum, they could face a stiff challenge the next two days in the Bronx, where they have been outscored 34-13 over the last five games. Since recording a sweep at Yankee Stadium in 2008, the Mets have dropped nine of 12 there.
Jeremy Hefner (0-5, 4.76 ERA) makes his 10th start in search of his elusive first victory for the Mets on Wednesday. The right-hander allowed a two-run homer and two other hits in six innings of a 7-5, 10-inning loss to Atlanta that was suspended by rain Friday and finished Saturday. He struck out seven.
"I was so excited that he pitched so well after he's been so down about not winning a game," manager Terry Collins said.
Hefner's only appearance against the Yankees came in one scoreless inning of relief June 23.
The Yankees' David Phelps (3-2, 3.96) appears healthy enough to take the mound after he was struck on his pitching arm with a line drive in a 9-4 win road over Tampa Bay on Friday. The right-hander retired the first 13 batters he faced and gave up four runs without a walk over a career-high 7 2-3 innings before the injury.
Phelps will make his sixth straight start since replacing Ivan Nova in the rotation. He's never faced the Mets.
While Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis appear close to returning from their injuries, the Yankees' makeshift lineup has totaled five runs during their slide. Lyle Overbay delivered a run-scoring single in the sixth and Brett Gardner added two of their seven hits Tuesday.
Yankees star Robinson Cano is batting .340 in the last 12 games against the Mets.
BEST OF MAXIM
We were not only shocked to see the New York Mets defeat the New York Yankees with Mariano Rivera on the mound, but in the way that they did. The Yankees managed to score the lone run of the game heading into the bottom of the ninth, and held a 1-0 lead. Rivera, who was perfect on the year in save opportunities, just one year after tearing his ACL, gave up three straight hits and...
Mariano Rivera's farewell tour is making its stop at Citi Field to take on the New York Mets.
But, according to Bryan Hoch from MLB.com, what the team has to offer the New York Yankees closer well, it isn't the greatest.
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As Mariano Rivera’s farewell tour continues, the best gesture any opponent has given him so far may have been tonight as the New York Mets showed the greatest closer of all-time the mound before the game. Mariano Rivera was given the ball to throw out the first pitch at Citi Field. Classy move by the Mets organization, Rivera represents the city...
Do you know how awesome Mariano Rivera is? He’s so great that one of his worst outings ever is an opportunity to praise him. On Tuesday night at Citi Field, Rivera blew a save without recording an out for the first time in his career. Rivera is 43 years old and has been pitching since [...]
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...
The New York Mets made Mariano Rivera's last Subway Series appearance at Citi Field one of his most memorable. That is unless you don't include his presumed appearance in this summer's All-Star Game where he will be feted by Major League Baseball.
The legendary New York Yankees closer announced he would be retiring following the 2013 season. So the Mets — never ones...
In a ridiculous display - the NY Mets allowed Mariano Rivera to throw out the first pitch last night. Of course, John Franco was there.
Here's the Lucas Duda walk-off single that came...
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The Big Leagues Still, let’s take this opportunity to salute one of the greatest pitchers ever.
After being showered with gifts and honors, Mariano Rivera lasted just 9 pitches in his final appearance at Citi Field. With a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the 9th inning of a rain delayed game, Rivera, Yankee and Mets fans all thought the same thing, GAME OVER. But Daniel Murphy blooped one the opposite way for a ground rule double, David Wright drove one up the middle...
IT'S AN HONOR
Prior to the Subway Series game between the New York Yankees and New York Mets, Mariano Rivera threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Citi Field on Tuesday. Mets COO Jeff Wilpon personally asked Rivera if he would throw out the first pitch during a pregame presentation honoring Rivera, hours before the first pitch.
Wow, what a game… What a rollercoaster of emotions… I don’t even know where to start…
The Mets just beat the Yankees 2-1 with a walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth off Mariano Rivera who gave up three straight hits without recording an out. It was the first time Rivera has blown a save without registering an out. Wow..
Matt Harvey started and pitched what I thought was...
Mariano Rivera has received some recognition from opponents as he makes his way around the league for his final season in 2013, but the Mets may have raised the bar for honors going forward.
The legendary Yankees closer was invited by Mets owner Jeff Wilpon to throw out the first pitch before Tuesday night’s Subway Series game, the last one the Yanks will be playing at Citi Field...
Last night New York Mets fans got to rejoice as their team came back to beat the Yankees in novel fashion. Watching the comeback unfold against Mariano Rivera, who continues his farewell tour from ballpark to ballpark, felt somewhat unnatural. Reason being, nothing like that has never happened before. That’s not to say that Mariano has never blown a save against the Mets...
The Mets clinched the 2013 Subway Series with a 9-4 thumping of the Yankees. Starter David Phelps only managed one more out than Mariano Rivera had in Tuesday night's loss. It was only the third time since May 3 the Mets had scored as many as five runs in a game. Jeremy Hefner was 0-5 going into the game, including two losses to the lowly Marlins. The Mets were 0-10 in games...
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There will never be anything more perfect than Mariano Rivera and ‘Enter Sandman’. I have no idea how he decided to pick that song, but it’s just perfect. No one has closed games better than Mariano Rivera. The fact that he’s still doing it this year is nothing short of incredible.
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