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Quintessential Mo-Ments No. 31: Six outs for a split

09/19/2013 9:04 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada celebrate after Mo's two-inning save in Game 2 of the 2009 World Series.(AP)
Just four days after his two-inning effort helped the Yankees win the 2009 ALCS, and just one month shy of his 40th birthday no less, Mariano Rivera was called upon once again in the eighth inning of Game 2 of the World Series to make sure the Phillies wouldn’t gain a 2-0 advantage in the Fall Classic.

Following seven strong from A.J. Burnett, in came Rivera with a 3-1 lead and perhaps his most rest of that postseason. He got himself into some quick trouble, allowing a walk and a single with one out in the eighth, but Rivera got Chase Utley to rap into a double play to end that frame and then worked around a two-out double in the ninth to nail down the save.

Just another workmanlike effort from Rivera, who at exactly 39 years and 11 months old erased the only series lead Philadelphia would enjoy that fall.

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