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Workhorse falters, but Mets win by nose

Barajas homer brings sweet victory after Fernando-mania finally hits sour note

Updated: May 5, 2010, 11:06 AM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

CINCINNATI -- Mets manager Jerry Manuel has leaned heavily on Fernando Nieve during the season's opening four weeks.

Nieve, in fact, appeared in his 17th game of the season -- the most in the majors -- Tuesday night. And the right-hander, who has emerged as the most-trusted eighth-inning option, finally suffered a blemish.

Nieve served up consecutive solo homers to Joey Votto and Scott Rolen on eighth-inning fastballs, snapping a personal scoreless streak at 10 2/3 innings, ...

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