Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Comeback gives Mets rare Mo-mentum
By Adam Rubin
Mariano Rivera’s final regular-season appearance at Citi Field provided a first. And we’re not talking about the ceremonial first pitch he tossed to John Franco pregame.
For the first time in Rivera’s Hall of Fame career, the closer blew a save without recording an out.
A double by Daniel Murphy, single by David Wright and broken-bat single by Lucas Duda turned a one-run deficit into a 2-1 win for the New York Mets on Tuesday night at Citi Field.
Each of the Mets’ past six home wins has come in their last at-bat -- a franchise record.
“He’s the best in the business at what he does,” Duda said about Rivera. “I took a swing and shattered my bat into 50 pieces. Luckily, it just went over the second baseman’s head.”
Duda had been 4-for-32 with runners in scoring position this season.
“I’ve struggled lately,” Duda said. “There’s no going around it.”
Said Wright: “We found some holes, but any time you get a chance to score a couple against Mo, you better take advantage of it, because that opportunity doesn’t come along often.”
The Mets have won three straight, matching their season high. Wright wishes they had been a little easier.
“Especially with the way that Harv [Mets starter Matt Harvey] threw the ball, I wish we could get a lead and kind of continue to add on,” Wright said. “We haven’t had many games where we’ve been in control start to finish. A couple of those would be nice.
“To win the last couple of games the way we have -- coming back from behind -- I think it gives everybody a little bit of confidence moving forward, especially against one of the upper-tier teams, and especially against the best closer to ever do it. It means a lot.”