When legendary closer Mariano Rivera faces three batters in an inning, it typically leads to a New York Yankees victory.
Well, not in Tuesday night’s rain-delayed Subway Series game at Citi Field, where the New York Mets (20-29) beat the Yankees (30-21) 2-1 following David Wright and Lucas Duda’s back-to-back RBI singles off Rivera (L, 0-1) in the bottom of the ninth.
With the Mets trailing 1-0 entering the inning, Daniel Murphy led the frame off with a ground-rule double to left and scored on Wright’s single up the middle. Wright, who advanced to second base after left fielder Brett Gardner committed a throwing error, then scored the winning run on Duda’s single to right.
The winning pitcher was Mets left-hander Scott Rice (W, 3-3), who threw a scoreless ninth. For Rivera, Tuesday marked both his first loss and blown save this season.
Mets starter Matt Harvey held the Yankees to one run over eight innings and recorded 10 strikeouts, while Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda pitched seven shutout innings and collected seven strikeouts.
Should weather permit, the 2013 Subway Series—which the Mets lead 2-0—resumes Wednesday night (7:05 p.m. ET ) at Yankee Stadium.