Rivera walked Moss and then got Donaldson to ground to short forcing Moss at second for the first out. Seth Smith singled to score a run and make the game 4-1. Josh Reddick then grounded out but the Yankees could not turn a double play and another run scored to make it 4-2. This run was charged to Rivera. Adam Rosales then flew out to right to end the game.
The Yankees scored on home runs from Chris Stewart and Lyle Overbay and then added two more tack on runs to extend to a 4-0 lead.
Rivera is 0-0 on the season with 11 saves in 11 save opportunities and his 2013 season ERA now stands at 2.19.
The Yankees would take the lead on a double play grounder from Ichiro with the go ahead run scoring on the play to make the score 5-4.
Rivera entered in the ninth as usual and Barnes took his cutter to right for a lead off single. The Astros got aggressive and put on the hit and run but Matt Dominquez lined a 0-1 pitch to 2nd and Cano made a nice leaping back handed catch and tagged Barnes for an easy double play. Marwin Gonzales was over matched by Mo and was struck out swinging to end the game.
For Rivera he is 0-0 on the season with 11 saves in 11 save opportunities. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.59.
David Robertson entered in the eighth and got two outs quickly but then gave up a single against the shift and a two run homer to Chris Carter to pull the Astros within 2 runs at 4-2. Rivera started warming but then the Yankees added three runs in the bottom of the eighth with an Overbay home run and the third RBI single of the night from Travis Hafner. Ichiro and Eduardo Nunez also chipped in with three hits apiece.
Shawn Kelley entered in the ninth with a 7-2 lead and struggled. He got two outs with two on but then Jose Altuve hit a two run double to the gap in right center and the score was at 7-4 and in a save situation. Girardi called on Mo and he struck out Castro to end the game.
For Rivera it was his 10th save in 10 save opportunities and the first time in his career that he has had 10 saves in the month of April. For his career Rivera now has 618 saves. His 2013 record is 0-0 and his ERA now stands at 1.74.
Rivera entered in the ninth and got Izturis to line to left, then Bonifacio pinch hit and was struck out swinging and Arencibia also pinch hit and grounded to first to end the game.
Rivera is 0-0 on the season with 9 saves in 9 save opportunities and his 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.80.
Phil Hughes pitched six strong innings for the Bombers but again had a no decision.
Nova was replaced by David Phelps who allowed an inherited runner to score but then was great over 4 innings. He did allow a home run to Encarnacion, his second of the night but had nine strikeouts. The Yankees tied the score and went ahead on an RBI triple from Lyle Overbay and then he scored on a wild pitch. The home run from Encarnacion pulled the Blue Jays to within a run at 4-3.
The Yankees went ahead by two at 5-3 as another run scored on a passed ball. Phelps was replaced by Joba Chamberlain in the seventh and he maintained a two run lead. David Robertson came in for the eighth and did surrender a booming home run to Jose Bautista to trim the lead to 5-4.
Brett Gardner hit a home run in the bottom of the eighth off of Darren Oliver to give the Yankees an insurance run extending the lead to 6-4.
Rivera entered in the ninth and J.P. Arencibia lined to third for the first out. Brett Lawrie grounded a single through the right side and Maicer Izturis followed with a similar single to put the tying runs on base. Kawasaki was struck out swinging for the second out and it was left up to Rajai Davis. Bonifacio pinch ran for Izturis and it proved to be the right move as Davis grounded a ball in the hold between 2nd and 3rd and it was fielded by Nunez at short but his throw to Cano at second was late and the bases were loaded. However, the Sandman was able to strike out Colby Rasmus swinging to end the game.
Rivera is 0-0 on the season with 8 saves in 8 save opportunities and his 2013 season ERA now stands at 2.00.
Chamberlain and Robertson set up for Rivera with scoreless seventh and eighth innings, respectively. In the ninth Rivera struck out J.P. Arencibia, broke the bat of Colby Rasmus inducing a weak pop up to Cano at second and then froze Brett Lawrie looking to end the game.
Rivera is 0-0 on the season with 7 saves in 7 save opportunities and his 2013 season ERA now stands at 2.25.
The Rays went ahead 2-1 on a bloop RBI single from Jose Molina. The Yankees struck right back as Ichiro singled with out out and on a hit and run took third on a single from Jayson Nix. Brett Gardner hit a slow grounder to second and Ichiro scored to tie the game.
Cano led off the ninth with a single to left off David Price. Price was relieved by Fernando Rodney and struck out Vernon Wells but Cano was running on the pitch and stole second. Travis Hafner pinch hit and was intentionally walked. Lyle Overbay walked to load the bases and then Stewart fouled out to first for the second out. Ichiro lined the first pitch to center to score two runs and give the Yankees the lead at 4-2.
Rivera entered in the ninth and on the first pitch Evan Longoria took him deep to left to cut the deficit to one run at 4-3. Rivera then got tough and got Matt Joyce to ground to first as he covered for the first out. Yunel Escobar flew out to right for the 2nd out and then James Loney lined out to left to end the game.
For Rivera he is 0-0 on the season with 6 saves in 6 save opportunities. For his career, Rivera now has 614 saves. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 2.57 with the run given up.
Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan and Shawn Kelley got through the ninth and tenth innings and the Yankees rallied in the top of the 11th aided by a huge throwing error from Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Loup. Veron Wells led off with a single to right center and Francisco Cervelli grounded a single through the shortstop hole to runners on first and second with none out. Ichiro bunted and the ball was fielded by Loup but third basemen Brett Lawrie could not get back to the bag and the through went into left field allowing both runners to score and give the Yankees the lead at 5-3.
Rivera entered in the 11th and Jose Bautista doubled hard to the wall in left. Edwin Encarnacion lined hard to right but Ichiro was there for the first out. The Sandman then closed the door and he struck out J.P. Arencibia on a swinging third strike and then got Brett Lawrie looking on the third pitch to end the game.
Rivera is 0-0 on the season with 5 saves in 5 save opportunities. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.50.
In the fifth Arizona extended the lead to 3-0 on a triple and sacrifice fly. Miley was sailing into the seventh as he attacked Yankee hitters all night and had only given up two hits.
In the seventh Francisco singled and that was followed by a bloop double off the bat of Brennan Boesch. Nunez battled for a walk to load the bases and Jayson Nix also walked to force in a run and get the Yankees to within two at 3-1. The bases were loaded with two outs and Brett Gardner was due. Kirk Gibson decided to change pitchers and Tony Sipp entered. Gardner got ahead in the count and lined a single over the head of shortstop and the Yankees had battled back to tie the score at 3. Vernon Wells grounded out to end the inning.
Sabathia stayed on for the eighth and retired Arizona easily. Rivera began warming and was coming in whether the Yankees scored or not. The first two batters were retired easily for the Yankees and that left it up to pinch hitter Travis Hafner. Hafner took the first pitch from David Hernandez and crushed it over the right field fence to give the Yankees the lead at 4-3.
Rivera entered and fell behind Cody Ross 3-0 before he flew out to right for the first out. Eric Chavez pinch hit and grounded out to short. Parra battled and just like last night grounded to Cano at second to end the game.
The save for Rivera is his 4th of the season in 4 save opportunities and the 612th of his career. His 2012 season ERA now stands at 1.80.
Nova was relieved by Boone Logan, Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson and then Mariano Rivera. The bullpen pitched four innings and did not allow a run.
Rivera faced A.J. Pollock to start the inning and Pollock battled but Mo struck him out swinging on the eighth pitch of the AB. Cliff Pennington fouled out to Overbay for the second out and then Parra hit the first pitch and grounded to Cano to end the game.
The save for Rivera was his 3rd in 3 save opportunities and the 611th of his career. His record is 0-0 and his 2013 season ERA now stands at 2.25.