WHAT IT MEANS: Oh Mo!
The Yankees were one out away from sweeping the Mets and extending their winning streak to a season-high eight games, but Mariano Rivera gave up a game-tying single to Ronny Paulino in the ninth, snapping his streak of 26 straight saves against NL teams.
Jason Bay eventually gave the Mets a 3-2 walk-off win when he singled in the game-winning run off Hector Noesi with two outs in the 10th. The Yankees took two out of three from the Mets in Queens, and went 4-2 against them in 2011.
The last time Rivera blew a save against the Mets? July 10, 1999 -- otherwise known as the Matt Franco game.
Rivera recorded two quick outs before walking Jason Bay. Prior to that walk, Rivera hadn't walked a batter in 41 at-bats. Lucas Duda singled Bay to third, and Paulino followed by taking a 0-2 pitch through the right side of the infield to tie the game. All four of Rivera's blown saves this season have come on the road.
The Yankees wound up going 14-4 without the Captain.
PEEEENA: Ramiro Pena made two errors on Sunday afternoon, including one in the ninth and one that would've ended the 10th.
FREDDY SEZ: That Freddy Garcia continues to be a revelation for the Yankees.
The 34-year-old right-hander should've won his third straight start after giving up just one run over seven innings, but was saddled with a no-decision. He gave up six hits, walked none and struck out one.
In his last five starts, Garcia is 3-1 with a 1.87 ERA. Over that span, he’s allowed just seven earned runs in 33 2/3 innings.
GARDY: Brett Gardner saved the Yankees from being walk-off losers in the ninth when he gunned down Lucas Duda trying to score after a Ruben Tejada grounder trickled under Pena's glove. Russell Martin did a great job applying the tag. Gardner also snapped out of an 0-for-13 slump with a leadoff triple in the eighth and added a single as well.
7,990: That’s how many games the Mets have gone in their history without throwing a no-hitter. R.A. Dickey took a no-no into the fifth before giving up a leadoff opposite-field double to Robinson Cano. Dickey lost his shutout bid when the next batter, Nick Swisher, singled to drive in Cano.
HOUDINI: David Robertson may not be an All-Star, but his act was certainly a hit in Queens. Robertson retired the first two batters he faced, then walked the next two before striking out Justin Turner to end the frame. Robertson now has an AL reliever-high 55 strikeouts, and lowered his ERA to 1.05 -- second-lowest in the majors.
TAG-GATE: Martin appeared to slip under Daniel Murphy’s tag in the seventh after getting caught in a rundown between second and third, but was called out. Replays were inconclusive. Joe Girardi came out to argue, but to no avail.
Jose Reyes was called out on a similar “phantom tag” by Alex Rodriguez at third on Friday night.
UP NEXT: Derek Jeter should resume his pursuit of 3,000 hits in Cleveland, when the Yankees and Indians begin a three-game series on Monday night. Jeter is slated to play his final minor-league rehab game for Double-A Trenton on Sunday night. He’s currently at 2,994 hits, six shy of becoming the 28th player in major league baseball history to reach 3,000. A.J. Burnett (8-6, 4.05 ERA) will pitch for the Yankees against Cleveland’s Josh Tomlin (9-4, 3.86).