The Mets can win their fourth straight meeting with the Phillies on Sunday in Philadelphia, though they'll have to overcome the dominant Cliff Lee .
New York (70-84) followed its 6-4 win Friday with a rain-shortened 5-4 victory on Saturday, called in the top of the seventh after a 1 hour, 28 minute wait. Wright, who connected for a homer in his first at-bat in the opener in his first game in more than a month, homered again Saturday for his 19th at Citizens Bank Park, the most by an opposing hitter.
Prior to Friday, Wright hadn't played since Aug. 2 due to a strained right hamstring.
"It means a lot obviously," said New York starter Dillon Gee , who yielded four runs and was credited with a complete game. "He comes back and in two games hits two home runs. He's an unbelievable player."
A win Sunday would mark the Mets' fourth straight win in the overall series, something they haven't accomplished since April 2008. Saturday's result also brought them within one game of the third-place Phillies (71-83) as New York, which has won five of seven, tries to avoid its fifth straight fourth-place finish in the NL East.
Wright is batting .413 with five homers and 12 RBIs during an 11-game hitting streak against the Phillies, and is 8 for 28 off with seven strikeouts lifetime against Lee (14-6, 2.95 ERA).
The left-hander is 4-0 with a 2.05 ERA in his last six starts, including a win in New York on Aug. 26, his second victory in three matchups this year.
He continues to be especially effective at home, limiting Miami to two runs over eight innings in a 12-2 victory on Monday. His 14 strikeouts were his second-most behind a 16-strikeout effort versus Atlanta on May 6, 2011.
Lee is 3-0 with a 2.03 ERA in his last four outings in Philadelphia, striking out 39 in 31 innings.
"I had a lot of two-strike counts," Lee said after defeating the Marlins. "I'm really not trying to strike guys out in that situation to be honest with you. I'm just continuing to try to throw strikes, and that's what happens when you throw strikes."
He is 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA over his last five starts against the Mets.
New York scheduled starter Carlos Torres (3-5, 3.39) is 1-1 with a 2.16 ERA in four appearances versus Philadelphia this year, limiting the Phillies to a run over 6 2-3 innings in the lone start, an 11-3 victory on Aug. 29.
He struck out four in two innings of scoreless relief in a 5-4 victory over San Francisco on Wednesday - four days after he surrendered two runs and three hits over six innings of a 3-0 loss to Miami, his third straight defeat.
Jimmy Rollins , who was 1 for 3 Saturday, is 15 for 37 (.405) over his last 10 contests while scoring nine runs. He's 0 for 2 versus Torres.
|New York Mets|
|September 19, 2013||Ruben Tejada||Day-to-Day||Broken right fibula - out for season|
|September 17, 2013||Travis d'Arnaud||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right shoulder|
|September 14, 2013||Frank Francisco||Day-to-Day||Thumb contusion|
|September 10, 2013||Justin Turner||Day-to-Day||Strained right hamstring|
|September 09, 2013||Scott Rice||60-Day DL||Sports hernia|
|September 02, 2013||Ike Davis||60-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|August 30, 2013||Domonic Brown||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right Achilles|
|August 28, 2013||Cody Asche||Day-to-Day||Strained left hamstring|
|August 26, 2013||Casper Wells||15-Day DL||Vision complications|
|August 17, 2013||Michael Young||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left ankle|
|August 15, 2013||John Lannan||60-Day DL||Left knee tendinitis|
|August 14, 2013||John Lannan||Day-to-Day||Knee|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- LaTroy Hawkins nailed down a landmark save - No. 100 in his long career as a major-league reliever.
The 40-year-old right-hander finished off New York's 4-3 win over Philadelphia on Sunday, striking out Jimmy Rollins to end it and pull the Mets into a tie for third place with the Phillies in the NL East.
"Big milestone. The guy's on his way to 1,000 appearances, hopefully he pitches next year, so those are some huge milestones, so we're happy," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
"You're talking about one of the real veteran, real quality professionals in the game, and that's why it's great to have him here because I think he's helped a lot of people on this team get through some tough times."
Wilfredo Tovar knocked in two runs with a single in the seventh to put the Mets ahead by one with his first major-league hit - off Cliff Lee no less.
"An infield single, then an 0-2 pitch to the eight-hole hitter that was down and in. I made a good pitch so I have to tip my hat," Lee said. "He hit the pitch I was trying to make."
Carlos Torres (4-5) struck out six in six innings for New York and allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks.
Lee (14-7)gave up three runs, two earned, and eight hits in seven innings. He struck out eight without a walk in Philadelphia's final home game of the season.
Domonic Brown put the Phillies ahead in the sixth with a one-out RBI single that made it 2-1, but the Phillies missed a chance to add on, leaving the bases loaded.
"Offensively it was the same for the whole weekend. Missed opportunities with men on base," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "We couldn't capitalize over the weekend."
After Kevin Frandsen hit an RBI double in the second inning, the Mets' Andrew Brown answered with an RBI groundout in the fourth.
Cody Asche struck out with the tying run on third in the eighth. Philadelphia pulled within one when Carlos Ruiz tagged and scored from third on a foul-ball pop up by Darin Ruf .
The Phillies fell to 18-17 under Sandberg.
NOTES: The Mets won the season series over the Phillies, 10-9. ... The Phillies eclipsed the 3-million mark in attendance for the seventh straight season in their final home game Sunday, finishing with a total gate count of 3,012,403. Philadelphia led the major leagues in attendance in 2011 and 2012. ... Mets manager Terry Collins gave 3B David Wright the day off Sunday after Wright played the first two games of the series. New York activated Wright from the disabled list Friday. ... The Phillies finished the year with a home record 43-38. ... The Phillies embark on their final road trip Monday against the Marlins in Miami, where Roy Halladay (4-4, 6.71) will take the hill. ... The Mets head to Cincinnati on Monday, when Aaron Harang (5-12, 5.69) will get the start against the Reds.