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Rivera Blows It; Rangers Beat Yankees 7-6

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -Mariano Rivera blew it, ending the New York Yankees’ perfect record when leading after eight innings. Pitching the ninth inning with a one-run lead, Rivera allowed a tying double to Ian Kinsler, then hit Jeff Francoeur on the left shoulder with the bases loaded, giving the Texas Rangers a 7-6 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday night in yet another long game. A night after Texas won the series opener in 13 innings, lasting5 hours, 12 minutes, this one took 4:16┬áplus a 59-minute rain delay in the bottom of the fifth inning. The teams also went from using 19 pitchers on Friday night to using 14. The Yankees were 76-0 when leading after eight before Rivera’s third blown save opportunity of the year.

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