A broken-bat hit by the Boston Red Sox, a broken opportunity for Mariano Rivera and the New York Yankees.
Stephen Drew looped a tying single off the all-time saves leader with two outs in the ninth inning, then Shane Victorino lined a go-ahead single in the 10th that sent the Red Sox past the Yankees 9-8 in a Thursday night thriller.
''We just blew it,'' Rivera said.
Down to their last strike against Rivera, the Red Sox rallied in the opener of a four-game series loaded with playoff implications.
It felt like a playoff matchup, too, especially after New York erased a 7-2 deficit with six runs in the seventh. There were plenty of pitching changes and pinch-hitters and a key pinch-runner, plus an outburst - Joba Chamberlain (2-1) was ejected by first base umpire Joe West, who ruled Victorino checked his swing right before the big hit.
''It's frustrating because, you know what, I thought he went. But you have to be able to overcome things,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.