- Yankees 8 Seattle 5 The same reliever threw the “first” pitch and the last pitch. Mariano Rivera was honored before the game and threw out the ceremonial first pitch. He was needed later in the game because New York kept giving up leads. They led 2-0, 3-1 and 5-3, but each time the bullpen let the Mariners come back. In the seventh, the Yankees went up by two on an A-Rod homerun, but Joe Girardi pulled Phil Hughes, who retired the side in the seventh on nine pitches, and replaced him with Brian Bruney to start the eighth. Bruney gave up the lead, but held the game at 5-5.
Hideki Matsui led the eighth off with a double and the Yankees blew things open with three-consecutive hits. But after watching Bruney struggle in the eighth, Girardi wasn’t going to trust this game to anyone else and he brought Rivera in to get the save, which he did with a 1-2-3 ninth.
- Milwaukee 6 Mets 3: Things started out well with David Wright hitting a homerun in the first to put the Mets up 2-0. But Johan Santana couldn’t make it stand up as he gave up four runs in the fourth as the Mets’ penchant for making big mistakes in bad spots came back. After Santana walked the pitcher, Fernando Martinez fell flat on his face, trying to catch a routine flyball that was scored a double. Santana walked another batter, loading the bases and then gave up a bases-clearing double on an 0-2 pitch to Ryan Braun. Santos couldn’t handle the throw home and Santana, who was backing up the play, airmailed a throw to third into left, allowing Braun to score a “little league” homer. One piece of good news for the Mets, Carlos Beltran doesn’t need surgery.
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