Yanks' Rivera saves 500th

NEW YORK - Mariano Rivera earned his 500th save, becoming the second reliever to reach the milestone, and the New York Yankees beat the punchless Mets last night, 4-2, for a Subway Series sweep.

Chien-Ming Wang won for the first time in more than a year and Rivera got four outs, securing the Yankees' fifth consecutive victory - all away from home.

In a fun twist on a night that belonged to him, Rivera even contributed offensively by drawing a bases-loaded walk from Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth for his first career RBI. It was the third regular-season plate appearance for the 39-year-old closer.

Mark Teixeira hit a two-run double off Livan Hernandez (5-3) in a three-run first.

The second-place Mets fell to 2 1/2 games behind the Phillies in the NL East. *