Omir Santos connects for his second-inning homer on Saturday. (Bill Kostroun/AP)
By Anthony DiComo / MLB.com
The Mets know that the best way to erase an excruciating defeat is to win the next one, and that's just what they did on Saturday. Fernando Nieve allowed just four hits in 6 2/3 innings, while Omir Santos homered and drove in three runs in a much-needed win over the Yankees.
BATTING 2B: Wright, D (19, Pettitte), Santos, O (6, Pettitte), Church (10, Aceves, A). HR: Santos, O (4, 2nd inning off Pettitte, 1 on, 2 out), Sheffield (7, 7th inning off Aceves, A, 0 on, 1 out). TB: Sheffield 5; Santos, O 6; Castillo, L 2; Beltran 2; Wright, D 3; Tatis; Church 3; Martinez, F 2; Cora. RBI: Santos, O 3 (21), Sheffield 2 (24), Tatis (13). 2-out RBI: Santos, O 3. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Wright, D 2; Cora; Church; Martinez, F; Santos, O. SAC: Church. Team RISP: 2-for-9. Team LOB: 11.
BATTING HR: Rodriguez, Al (9, 2nd inning off Nieve, 0 on, 0 out). TB: Jeter; Gardner, B 2; Rodriguez, Al 4; Cabrera, Me. RBI: Rodriguez, Al (26), Jeter (28). 2-out RBI: Jeter. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jeter; Damon. Team RISP: 1-for-3. Team LOB: 6.