Rivera entered in the eighth inning, ensuring a National League rally at Citi Field wouldn't end his chances of getting in the game. He was obviously moved by the enormous ovation he received, pausing to tip his cap to the fans.
Rivera then proceeded to work a perfect inning using his infamous cutter, which Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel got to witness after pitching the top of the eighth, giving up a run in the process.
Salvador Perez and Jhonny Peralta hit squibbed, opposite field singles to start the inning. After getting Torii Hunter to bounce into a double play, Kimbrel gave up an RBI-double to Jason Kipnis that looked like Domonic Brown should have caught in left field.
Of course, it wouldn't be a Kimbrel outing without a strikeout, which he did to Manny Machado for the final out of the eighth.
Regardless, the NL wasn't exactly hurt by the run given up; they mustered only three hits on the night, including a single by hometown player David Wright.
Braves catcher Brian McCann only saw action when he warmed up Jason Grilli before the ninth inning. He then gave way to Buster Posey.
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