Young goes for another big effort at the plate, while Kyle Kendrick looks for some improvement on the mound as the Phillies go for their first series win of the season Wednesday night.
Philadelphia (3-5) is struggling on the mound, and the issue has been particularly troubling with the rotation going 2-5 with a 6.65 ERA. Lee, however, has both of those wins with a 1.08 ERA.
He had another strong performance Tuesday, yielding three runs - two earned - in 8 2-3 innings of an 8-3 win over New York (5-3). That came a day after Roy Halladay was pounded for seven runs in four innings of a 7-2 defeat in the series opener.
While Lee is winning, Halladay and Cole Hamels have combined to lose all four starts with a 12.50 ERA.
"If our No. 1 and No. 2 don't pitch well, we can't win," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
The same may apply to Kendrick, who was charged with Friday's 13-4 loss to Kansas City, a day after Lee went eight innings in a 2-0 win at Atlanta. Kendrick followed that by tossing four scoreless innings before giving up five runs and exiting with two outs in the sixth.
"It's disappointing," the right-hander said. "They got some hits. I'm not worried at all."
Kendrick was impressive in his last home meeting with the Mets on Aug. 30, yielding two runs in 7 2-3 innings of a 3-2 win. He had lost his five previous decisions at home against them behind a 5.87 ERA.
Young has been much more consistent against New York, batting .370 with five homers and 11 RBIs in 11 career games. He went 3 for 4 while driving in two runs and coming a double shy of the cycle Tuesday.
Hitting .345, Young seems to be fitting in nicely at third base after being acquired in an offseason trade with Texas.
John Mayberry is also trying to build on a strong performance from Tuesday, plating two runs on a double while his solo shot was his first homer of the season. He's 8 for 21 over his past five games against New York.
John Buck continues to be the Mets' top - and highly unexpected - offensive threat, hitting .393 with 14 RBIs while his four homers are one shy of the total they got from four catchers last season.
Buck, who hit .192 with Miami last year, has three hits and five RBIs in this series, homering in each contest. However, he's 0 for 7 versus Kendrick.
Jeremy Hefner is scheduled to take the mound, and he's been hit hard in three games - two starts - against the Phillies, surrendering 13 runs and 17 hits in 7 1-3 innings.
The right-hander's latest outing against them turned into the worst of his career. He was responsible for seven of the eight runs in the first inning, and was pulled before getting an out in a 16-1 loss Sept. 20.
Hefner, though, was solid in his season debut in Friday's 7-5 defeat to Miami, as the only run he allowed came on a homer in the second inning before leaving after the sixth.
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|March 22, 2013||Jenrry Mejia||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|March 22, 2013||Frank Francisco||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|March 22, 2013||Shaun Marcum||15-Day DL||Neck strain|
|March 22, 2013||Johan Santana||60-Day DL||Left shoulder surgery - out for season|
|March 22, 2013||Delmon Young||15-Day DL||Recovery from right ankle surgery|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel calls the summer months "hittin' weather." With unseasonably warm temperatures in April reaching the mid-80s, Philadelphia started its hitting a bit early.
Domonic Brown and Chase Utley homered in a five-run first, Kyle Kendrick threw six effective innings and the Phillies beat the New York Mets 7-3 Wednesday night.
Pinch-hitter Laynce Nix also went deep for the Phillies, who took two straight from the Mets to earn their first series win of the year.
The suddenly slugging Phillies have six homers in the last two games - both days were in the 80s - after hitting four in the first seven.
"We just started getting good balls to hit and started swinging the bats good," Manuel said.
John Buck homered for the third straight game and Lucas Duda had two solo shots for New York. The Mets set a club record by hitting at least one homer in their first nine games.
Kendrick (1-1) allowed two runs and eight hits to become the first Philadelphia starter other than Cliff Lee to get a win.
"I wanted to pitch as deep as I can, battle and make pitches," Kendrick said. "I felt like as the game went on, I got more comfortable."
Mets starter Jeremy Hefner (0-2) gave up five runs and six hits in three innings.
"I know I'm good enough to beat those guys," he said.
A rain delay halted the game for 27 minutes in the bottom of the fourth, and strong winds and a heavy downpour late in the game left the field littered with trash during the final inning.
A night after hitting three homers off Dillon Gee in the third inning, the Phillies used the long ball in the first to jump ahead 5-0.
Jimmy Rollins hit a double after Ben Revere was caught stealing second because he overslid the bag. Utley then drove one out to straightaway center for a 2-0 lead.
Ryan Howard followed with a single and Michael Young walked before Brown launched a changeup into the first row of the second deck in right field to make it 5-0.
"I think there's something to be said for everything being contagious," Young said. "Starting pitchers feed off each other and hitters can, too."
Buck connected in the second for the Mets, lining a shot out to left-center. He has five homers and 15 RBIs in nine games. The Mets had five homers last season from all of their catchers - Josh Thole (one), Kelly Shoppach (three), Mike Nickeas (one).
Duda hit a towering, 414-foot drive into the second deck in right field in the fourth to cut it to 5-2. He took Mike Adams deep in the eighth.
Kendrick pitched out of a jam in the fifth after the Mets put the first two runners on. He struck out David Wright swinging at a 2-2 changeup. After a wild pitch, Revere ran a long way to catch Ike Davis ' shallow fly to left-center. Revere than threw to second base to double off Daniel Murphy .
"It was a bad play," Murphy said. "Even if it falls, it's first and third with one out. Just a bad play."
Mets center fielder Jordany Valdespin made an outstanding shoestring catch on a shallow fly by Erik Kratz to leave the bases loaded in the third.
Nix hit a two-run shot off LaTroy Hawkins in the sixth.
NOTES: Nix has three career pinch-hit homers. ... Davis was 0 for 4 to drop to 4 for 30 this season. ... Valdespin had a career-best three hits. ... The Phillies open a three-game series in Miami on Friday night. John Lannan opposes Ricky Nolasco (0-1) in the opener. ... The Mets visit Minnesota for a three-game series, starting Friday night. Jonathon Niese (1-0) faces Vance Worley (0-1) in the opener.