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NYM@PHI: Murphy lifts a solo shot to put the Mets up

PHILADELPHIA -- Mets manager Terry Collins has spent a lot of time over the past two days talking about finishing strong and playing the game the right way.

He's specifically mentioned David Wright and Daniel Murphy and their contributions, but more importantly, ending this year with an eye toward next season. He also mentioned the play of Dillon Gee, who has been the workhorse the Mets' staff needed in the second half and exorcised another demon on Saturday night.

Gee went six innings and allowed four runs to pick up his 12th win of the season as the Mets took a rain-shortened 5-4 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The game was called due to rain in the seventh, and now the Mets look to sweep the Phillies on Sunday afternoon.

"Up until that, he pitched very well," Collins said of Gee. "Dillon has just been doing that the entire second half. He's made pitch after pitch. He lost it a bit in the sixth, but that could have been the conditions."

Gee entered the game with an 0-2 record and a 10.29 ERA against the Phillies in three appearances this season -- including 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA in two starts at Citizens Bank Park -- but that was just a small part of the story. Coming off a year that ended after he had surgery on his right shoulder due to a blood clot, the goal in '13 was to pitch effectively through an entire season. Gee's done just that; he reached 193 innings pitched after the six on Saturday night.

"It means a lot," Gee said. "One of the main goals, especially coming off an injury, was to hit that 200-inning mark. I haven't been there yet."

Tied at 1 in the sixth on the strength of Wright's solo home run two innings earlier -- the veteran's second in as many games and 19th at Citizens Bank Park, the most he has at any away ballpark -- the Mets got to Phillies starter Tyler Cloyd.

Murphy led off with a solo home run that hit off the red scoreboard hanging off the second deck in right field. Murphy's 12th of the season -- which tied his career high set in 2009 -- put the Mets up, 2-1. Wright followed with a single through the left side, and Lucas Duda was hit by a pitch. Juan Lagares then hit a triple over Phillies center fielder Cesar Hernandez's head for a 3-1 lead. The triple ended Cloyd's night, and he was relieved by Ethan Martin.

"Wright's return means a lot, obviously," Gee said. "Two games, two home runs. He's an unbelievable player, and as long as he can stay healthy, we're in very good shape."

Martin struck out Matt den Dekker, but surrendered a two-run double to Travis d'Arnaud, giving the Mets a 5-1 lead.

The Phillies rallied in the third on the strength of three consecutive doubles by Hernandez, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley. Hernadez scored on Rollins' double, Rollins on a groundout and Utley on a wild pitch, but that only pulled the Phillies within one run and with the impending rain, it wasn't enough to extend the game into Sunday.

Locked in a scoreless tie, the Mets were a bit unfortunate in the second. With one out, Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown singled into right field. Darin Ruf followed with a ground ball into the hole between second and third base. Brown, who slowed at second, took off for third when Mets shortstop Omar Quintanilla backhanded the ball and tried to throw Ruf out. Ruf beat the throw and Brown eased into third. Cody Asche followed with a sinking liner to center, and Lagares sprinted in and caught it on the run.

Lagares, who has 13 outfield assists, threw home and beat Brown. d'Arnaud was behind the plate when he caught the ball and came forward to tag Brown, who slid in on the first-base side and was called safe. Collins and d'Arnaud argued the call, and replays show that d'Arnaud did tag Brown on the leg before he scored.

In the end, the call didn't matter, and with eight games left, the only thing that mattered was the win.

"We got it in, that's the best part," Collins said.

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