Have the Mets been cleaned and restored?With John Maine having been placed on the disabled list due to fatigue in his shoulder, and with Met fans suffering the fatigue of their favorite team's tendency to find unique ways to lose games, Fernando Nieve was called on to take Maine's slot in the starting rotation.Nieve took the color out of the YankeesNot an ideal situation for a 26 year old who was in the minor leagues less than 2 weeks ago and had only made 1 relief appearance since being recalled to make his first major league start since June 2006.   But Nieve (1-0) threw 108 pitches over 6 2/3 innings, allowing only 2 runs, cleaning the stench of defeat from the Mets and restoring, at least for one day, the faith of their fans as the New York Mets defeated the New York Yankees 6-2."I was so afraid Fernando"It was a good afternoon to be named Fernando.   Along with Nieve, Fernando Martinez (3 for 4) and Fernando Tatis (2 runs scored, 1 RBI) formed the first trio of Fernandos to ever be in one major league teams' starting lineup in history.   People with other names contributed as well.   Omir Santos drove in 3 runs with a double and a homer (4), and Gary Sheffield also homered (7).Santos started the scoring for the Mets with a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning and the Mets never trailed.   Alex Rodriguez hit a solo homer (9) in the bottom of that inning to cut the lead in half, but in the top of the 5th the Mets scored 3 runs to give Nieve some breathing room.   Sheffield singled to drive in Carlos Beltran, Tatis just beat out a double play attempt for a fielder's choice RBI and then Santos doubled in Tatis.   All of that scoring came at the expense of Yankee starter Andy Pettitte who surrendered 5 runs on 12 hits in 5 innings of work. Sheffield's solo homer off Alfredo Aceves in the 7th was the Mets' final run.   Derek Jeter singled in Melky Cabrera in the bottom of the 7th for the Yankees final run.Rubber games can be funSo at least for one day the Mets and their fans can feel restored.   The Mets go for the series victory in the rubber game Sunday afternoon when Johan Santana (8-3, 2.39) takes the mound for the Mets opposing A. J. Burnett (4-3, 4.89).Box score courtesy yahoo.com
NY Mets
L. Castillo 2b502000001.281
A. Cora ss501000104.271
C. Beltran cf512000000.344
D. Wright 3b512000003.365
G. Sheffield dh512210001.261
F. Tatis 1b421101101.261
R. Church rf402000103.278
O. Santos c512310202.279
F. Martinez lf403000000.234
2B - D Wright (19, A Pettitte); O Santos (6, A Pettitte); R Church (10, A Aceves).
HR - O Santos (4, 2nd inning off A Pettitte 1 on, 2 Out), G Sheffield (7, 7th inning off A Aceves 0 on, 1 Out).
S - R Church.
RBI - O Santos 3 (21), G Sheffield 2 (24), F Tatis (13).
2-out RBI - O Santos 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - R Church 1, A Cora 1, D Wright 2, O Santos 1.
Team LOB - 11.
NY Yankees
D. Jeter ss401100002.299
J. Damon lf400000102.280
M. Teixeira 1b400000000.284
A. Rodriguez 3b211111100.237
R. Cano 2b400000102.291
J. Posada c400000000.288
H. Matsui dh300001100.255
M. Cabrera rf411000001.290
B. Gardner cf302000000.276
HR - A Rodriguez (9, 2nd inning off F Nieve 0 on, 0 Out).
RBI - A Rodriguez (26), D Jeter (28).
2-out RBI - D Jeter.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - J Damon 1, D Jeter 1.
Team LOB - 6.
NY Mets
F. Nieve (W, 1-0)6.24222210.812.08
S. Green1.11000101.454.88
F. Rodriguez1.00000100.960.57
NY Yankees
A. Pettitte (L, 6-3)5.012551311.594.52
A. Aceves2.02110011.122.70
J. Veras2.03000201.445.96
HBP - A Rodriguez (by F Nieve).
Pitches-strikes - F Nieve 108-60; S Green 18-10; F Rodriguez 16-9; A Pettitte 104-66; A Aceves 36-22; J Veras 37-22.
Ground balls-fly balls - F Nieve 8-10; S Green 3-0; F Rodriguez 1-1; A Pettitte 7-4; A Aceves 1-5; J Veras 2-2.
Batters faced - F Nieve 27; S Green 5; F Rodriguez 3; A Pettitte 27; A Aceves 8; J Veras 9.
Game Details
Umpires: HP--Gary Cederstrom. 1B--Jim Wolf. 2B--Brian O'Nora. 3B--Fieldin Culbreth.Time: 3:11.Attendance: 48,056.Weather: 67 degrees, rain.Wind: 7 mph, left to right.