Philadelphia (32-19) at New York (23-27)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Sat May 28, 2011
  • TV: FOX
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Cole Hamels(notes) has a chance to become the NL’s second seven-game winner. That’s if he can end his recent struggles against the New York Mets.

The Philadelphia left-hander looks for a third straight winning start while trying to help the Phillies to a fourth consecutive victory Saturday night against the struggling Mets at Citi Field.

On a staff led by stars Roy Halladay(notes), Cliff Lee(notes) and Roy Oswalt(notes), it’s Hamels (6-2, 3.06 ERA) in position to become the team leader in wins. However, he felt he was not at his best when he allowed a three-run homer to Jay Bruce(notes) and four other hits in six innings and received more than enough support in a 10-3 win over Cincinnati on Monday.

“Glad I was on the mound,” Hamels told the Phillies’ official website. “Anytime you get runs, you just have to really bear down.”

He has not been able to do that while going 0-5 with a 4.82 ERA against the Mets since he beat them Sept. 11, 2009. Hamels allowed six runs and seven hits in 2 2-3 innings of a 7-1 loss to New York in his 2011 debut April 5.

Hamels is 2-9 with a 4.35 ERA in 14 starts against the Mets, including 0-4 with a 4.25 ERA in seven in Queens.

“They just match up good (against Hamels),” manager Charlie Manuel said of the Mets.

Ike Davis(notes) is batting .429 against Hamels and David Wright(notes) .324, but he will not have to face either of the injured sluggers in this contest. Carlos Beltran(notes) is batting .303 with three homers versus Hamels, and went 2 for 5 with an RBI as New York dropped Friday’s opener 6-4 to the Phillies.

The Mets (23-27), who played their first home game since owner Fred Wilpon’s critical comments about Wright, Beltran and Jose Reyes(notes) were published, have lost five of six after winning 10 of 14.

Jimmy Rollins(notes) had three RBIs and Domonic Brown(notes) delivered the tiebreaking single off Francisco Rodriguez to cap a three-run ninth as Philadelphia (32-19) snapped a four-game road skid. The Phillies have won five of six at Citi Field.

Rollins has hit .318 with six RBIs his last four games.

Chase Utley(notes) went 1 for 4 in the opener, and is batting .167 (3 for 18) in five games since opening the season on the disabled list with knee tendinitis. However, the All-Star is a lifetime .300 hitter with four home runs against scheduled Mets starter Mike Pelfrey(notes) (3-4, 5.37).

The right-hander went 2-0 with a 2.11 ERA in his previous three starts before he allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings of a 9-3 loss at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.

“It leaves a bad taste in your mouth,” Pelfrey said.

Though Pelfrey allowed 10 earned runs in 6 1-3 innings to go 0-1 against the Phillies this season, both outings came in Philadelphia. He’s 5-2 with a 2.75 ERA in eight home starts versus Philadelphia.

New York third baseman Justin Turner(notes) had a career-high four hits Friday. He’s batting .329 with 18 RBIs in 25 games this season.

Angel Pagan(notes) had two hits in his return to the Mets’ lineup after missing more than a month with an injury to his rib cage.

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C. Hamels Tex vs. M. Pelfrey Min
14-9 Record 7-13
2.79 ERA 4.74
194 K 105
44 BB 65
0.99 WHIP 1.47


Saturday, May 28