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The Associated Press

David Wright's return has helped give the New York Mets a chance to do something they haven't done against the Philadelphia Phillies in more than five years.

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.