Mariano Rivera set the all-time saves record Monday with No. 602 by working a perfect ninth inning against the Twins. Those, of course, do not include the playoffs and World Series, and that's when the Yankees have leaned on Rivera even more to deliver in the big moments.
Consider: Rivera has 42 postseason saves and 31 of them have required four or more outs. Seven of those multi-inning saves have come in the World Series. Here's a closer look:
1998, Game 1 v. Padres
Four outs. Rivera relieved set-up man Jeff Nelson with two outs in the eighth and runners on first and second. The Yanks led 9-5 at the time. Wally Joyner, the first batter to face Rivera, reached on a error and the Padres scored an unearned run to make it 9-6. But Rivera got Steve Finley to ground out to first, then worked a perfect ninth with two strikeouts and a pop-up.
1998, Game 3 at Padres
Five outs. The Padres trailed 5-3 in the eighth. After Ramiro Mendoza gave up a one-out double to Quilvio Veras, Rivera took over. Tony Gwynn singled and Greg Vaughn hit a sacrifice fly to make it 5-4, but Rivera fanned Ken Caminiti to end the inning. In the ninth, Rivera made it interesting by allowing two-out singles to Carlos Hernandez and Mike Sweeney before striking out Andy Sheets to end the game.
1998, Game 4 at Padres
Four outs. Andy Pettitte opened the eighth with a 3-0 lead, but after retiring the leadoff hitter, he gave up a walk and a single. Nelson came on and struck out the only batter he faced, Vaughn. Caminiti then singled off Rivera to load the bases, but ex-Yankee Jim Leyritz flew out to center for the third out. Ruben Rivera led off the ninth with a single, Hernandez hit into a double play and Sweeney grounded out to complete the Yankees' sweep.
1999, Game 1 at Braves
Four outs. The Yankees trailed 1-0 until the eighth when they scored four runs against Greg Maddux and John Rocker. Orlando Hernandez struck out 10 in seven innings before Joe Torre turned to the bullpen. Nelson, Mike Stanton and Rivera each recorded one out in the eighth. In the ninth, Rivera gave up a single to Bret Boone and a walk to Chipper Jones with one out to bring the potential tying run to the plate. He struck out Brian Jordan for the second out, then got pinch-hitter Greg Myers to pop up.
1999, Game 4 v. Braves
Four outs. Roger Clemens, dueling against John Smoltz, had a 3-0 lead with two outs in the eighth when Walk Weiss and Gerald Williams connected for singles. Nelson entered and gave up a single to Boone, which cut the Yankees' lead to 3-1. With runners on the corners for Atlanta, Rivera got out of the inning by getting Jones on a groundout. In the ninth, Rivera enjoyed a 1-2-3 inning against Jordan, Ryan Klesko and Keith Lockhart to cap back-to-back World Series titles for the Yanks.
2000, Game 4 at Mets
Six outs. The Yankees used four pitchers -- Denny Neagle, David Cone, Nelson and Stanton -- before turning to Rivera with a 3-2 lead in the eighth. Todd Zeile had a two-out single in the eighth for the Mets, but that was it. In the ninth, Rivera bookended strikeouts of Benny Agbayani and Matt Franco around a flyout by Jay Payton to lock down the win. This was the pivotal game because it gave the Yanks a 3-1 series lead.
2009, Game 2 v. Phillies
Six outs. A.J. Burnett worked seven innings, and the Yanks got homers from Mark Teixeira and Hideki Matsui to take a 3-1 lead. Rivera started the eighth and made it a little dicey when, with one out, he gave up a walk to Jimmy Rollins and a single to Shane Victorino. But Chase Utley hit into a double play to end the inning. In the ninth, Ryan Howard struck out looking to lead off. Jayson Werth lined out to second. Raul Ibanez then doubled, but Rivera punched out Matt Stairs to wrap it up. (Rivera recorded five outs in Game 6 when the Yankees clinched the championship but it was not a save situation.)
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