May 28, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera (42) throws out a ceremonial first pitch before the start of a game against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Yanks Go Yard Recap: Rivera Blows First Save As New York Yankees Lose In Queens


Mariano Rivera threw out the ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s game. Rivera also threw the last pitch, after which the New York Mets celebrated a walk-off victory. The New York Yankees dropped the second game of the Subway Series 2-1 against the Mets.

The pitching matchup between Hiroki Kuroda and Matt Harvey was exactly as advertised. After a 91 minute rain delay, the game began, and just like Monday night, the game remained scoreless until the sixth inning.  Brett Gardner led off the inning with a single to right field. Marlon Byrd booted it and it allowed Gardner to move to second base. Robinson Cano grounded out to first, which allowed Gardner to move to third. After Vernon Wells fouled out, Lyle Overbay came up and hit one of the few Harvey mistakes right back up the middle for an RBI single.

Kuroda pitched seven innings of shut out ball, striking out seven and walking none. David Robertson came in and rebounded from his worst outing in a while with a strong eighth.

In came Rivera in the ninth. Daniel Murphy, who was robbed earlier by Gardner for the second night in a row, led off with a ground rule double to left. David Wright drove him in with a single. The throw got past catcher Chris Stewart which let Wright move to second. Lucas Duda came up and hit a jam shot single to center which drove in the winning run.

YGY Player Of The Game: Kuroda and Harvey

The series shifts to the Bronx for Wednesday’s game. David Phelps and Jeremy Hefner will duel at 7:10.

Notes: David Huff‘s Yankee career was short lived. Joba Chamberlain was activated off the DL and Huff was DFA’d. Kevin Youkilis and Mark Teixeira will begin rehab assignments on Wednesday in AA. Francisco Cervelli will start throwing next week.

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