Mariano Rivera throws out first pitch, blows save

Before Tuesday's Yankees-Mets game, the ceremonial first pitch before the game was thrown out by retiring Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. Former Mets closer John Franco was the catcher for Rivera's pitch, and both men got a rousing ovation from the New York crowd.

A little less than three hours later, Rivera came in to close out the game for the Yankees. His outing was a very non-Rivera outing. It began with a Daniel Murphy ground rule double, putting the tying run on second base with none out. David Wright singled in Murphy to tie the game at one, handing Rivera his first blown save of the year. Lucas Duda then followed up with a single to right field to score right and give the Mets a walkoff win, and to hand Rivera a loss to go along with his blown save.

To top the outing off, it was the first time in Rivera's career that he blew a save without recording an out. Talk about a perfect storm.

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