NEW YORK -- The Giants were simply fans for the hour before Sunday's game and bystanders for the first five innings. But as the lights started to come on at Yankee Stadium, they slipped into the role of spoiler.

An eighth-inning run gave the Giants a 2-1 win over the New York Yankees on a day that was all about celebrating Mariano Rivera, up until the point the sellout crowd realized that history's greatest closer would not come away with a save.

With a sixth-inning homer by rookie Ehire Adrianza, two eighth-inning doubles that led to the second run and sparkling defense, the Giants left a bitter taste in tens of thousands of mouths that spent hours screaming for Rivera and retiring left-hander Andy Pettitte, who took the loss in what likely is the final home start of his career.

"It's a great day," manager Bruce Bochy said. "For these guys to be part of this day is something they'll always remember."

The day started with tears, cheers, gifts and Metallica.

The Giants stood two-deep during the lengthy pregame ceremony for Rivera, who is retiring at the end of this season and entered Sunday with a record 652 saves. Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti held the Yankees record for saves before Rivera came along with a baffling cutter. Righetti was one of four Giants coaches to take the field and present Rivera with gifts: a watercolor painting of Rivera pitching at AT&T Park, a $4,200 donation to his charity and a custom guitar emblazoned with the Giants logo, Rivera's No. 42 and the Golden Gate Bridge.


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The guitar was signed by Willie Mays, and many other Hall of Famers and legends showed up throughout the day to honor the 43-year-old right-hander.

Rivera took the field as Metallica played his entrance music, "Enter Sandman," and gave a short speech, thanking fans, teammates, family members, the Giants and others. The applause was interrupted by laughter when Rivera spoke about his parents.

"Thank you for having me," he said, smiling. "I'll bet it was a good night, they made a good one."

That child has gone from Panama City to the bright lights of New York, but his final weekend at Yankee Stadium didn't go entirely as planned.

Pettitte had a perfect game through 42/3 innings and a no-hitter into the sixth, but Yusmeiro Petit kept up, allowing just a solo homer. Adrianza stunned Pettitte and the Yankees with a solo blast in the sixth, the first of a big league career that started Sept. 3.

"That was pretty amazing," Adrianza said, pointing to the ball sitting in his travel bag.

Before Adrianza's at-bat, third baseman Pablo Sandoval encouraged him to break up the no-hitter. The rookie obliged, and Sandoval teamed up with Tony Abreu to add a second run in the eighth on doubles off Pettitte and David Robertson.

With the Yankees down 2-1, Rivera entered to face Adrianza, who this time didn't need any sage advice. The 24-year-old tucked his home run bat away in the rack, knowing Rivera's cutter was coming.

"I grabbed another bat, and I told Juan Perez, 'He's not going to break my home run bat,' " Adrianza said.

Rivera broke the new one, adding more lumber to a legendary collection.

"I thought, 'Oh my god!' " Adrianza said, shaking his head. "That's just another one for him."

The Giants weren't able to add on as Adrianza struck out and Angel Pagan flied out. But they held tight in the bottom of the inning, with Santiago Casilla escaping a jam after the Yankees put two runners in scoring position with no outs. Nick Noonan threw out one of them at the plate on a grounder to third, and with two outs, Perez scooped up a single to left and cut down Robinson Cano at home.

"The game was on the line," the rookie said. "I put everything I've got into that throw."

Perez grew up in the Bronx and used to work out on fields where the new Yankee Stadium was built. His perfect throw assured that it would be Sergio Romo, not Rivera, who would get a chance to pick up the save on Rivera Day. Romo pitched a perfect ninth, stunning a Yankees team that couldn't write a fairy-tale ending to a meticulously planned day.

"I really thought it was going to happen today," Pettitte said. "It's hard to believe we're sitting here and we lost another game."

For the Giants, the victory was their sixth on the road trip, clinching the first winning multicity trip of a disappointing season. The Giants will try to forget much of what happened this year, but Sunday was a day they'll cherish.

"I didn't see Ruth or Gehrig or DiMaggio, but we were able to compete against Mariano," Romo said. "I mean, he toed the rubber right before I did today. That's pretty sweet."

For more on the Giants, see Alex Pavlovic's Giants Extra blog at blogs.mercurynews.com/Giants.

TUESDAY'S GAME
L.A. Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu 13-7) at Giants (Matt Cain 8-9), 7:15 p.m. CSNBA