Eric Gagne's streak of 84 consecutive saves ended against the same team he could not hold off two years ago: the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Gagne's major league-record streak ended Monday night when he lost a two-run lead for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who came back to beat Arizona, 6-5, in 10 innings.
Gagne entered the game with a 5-3 lead at the start of the ninth but allowed pinch hitter Luis Gonzalez's RBI double and Chad Tracy's run-scoring single on an 0-2 pitch that went past the glove of a diving first baseman Olmedo Saenz. Both hits came off change-ups.
"I never really thought about the streak at all," Gagne said. "I'm not really relieved about it, but it was so much fun to be a part of it."
Realizing that Gagne's streak was over, the crowd of 32,929 at Dodger Stadium gave Gagne a standing ovation as he stood on the mound with his head down.
"The fans are so proud of what I've been doing," he said. "They come out every single game and they're really into it, so I just tried to give back to them because they've been really good to me."
Gagne retired the next two batters and got another standing ovation on his way to the dugout, before taking a curtain call to wilder cheers.
"I've got a job to do tomorrow. You can't worry about today," Gagne said. "You've got to start all over every day."
Dave Roberts singled in the 10th off Greg Aquino (0-1), making his second big league appearance. Cesar Izturis sacrificed, Milton Bradley was intentionally walked and Adrian Beltre walked, loading the bases.
Randy Choate relieved and gave up Shawn Green's sacrifice fly.
Giovanni Carrara (1-0) got the win by getting the final out of the 10th.
Gagne had not blown a save chance since David Dellucci hit a tying double on Aug. 26, 2002.
Gagne's record was 30 more than the previous mark of 54, set by Tom Gordon for Boston from April 19, 1998 to June 5, 1999.