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Mets hope to break the brooms out on Phillies

( - The New York Mets will try to close out a solid April with a two-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies as the NL East rivals clash on Wednesday evening.

At 15-11, the Mets are four games over .500 for the first time since July 14, 2012 and have won 15 games in the month of April for the first time since 2007.

New York battled Philadelphia and the elements on Tuesday, winning a rain- soaked 6-1 decision.

The weather didn't get to Jon Niese, who hurled seven innings of one-run ball and struck out five.

"He did a tremendous job the way he handled the inclement weather," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Niese's performance. "Not just the cold, the wet, the soft mounds. He wound up pitching another great game."

Ruben Tejada drove in two runs, while Daniel Murphy had three hits to push his hitting streak to 10 straight games. He also stole his 28th straight base in the game, helping the Mets win for seventh time in nine games.

The Mets have gone 14-5 in Philadelphia since the start of the 2012 season.

Philadelphia starter Cole Hamels had a forgettable outing, surrendering six runs on eight hits with five walks in just 4 2/3 frames. One of those free passes came to Niese with the bases loaded, and Hamels threw just 55 of his 106 pitches for strikes.

"I feel truly embarrassed," said Hamels. "I didn't really give anyone a chance. Balls weren't being put in play because I wasn't allowing them to put it in play. It's an embarrassment because I'm not allowing my teammates to get in the game."

Marlon Byrd belted a homer to account for the lone run for the Phillies, who had a two-game win streak halted with just their third loss in nine games.

Bartolo Colon draws the start for the Mets and he halted a two-start losing streak with a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. The 40-year- old righty allowed one run on four hits over seven innings, striking out a season-high eight without a walk.

Colon is 2-3 with a 4.50 earned run average on the season and will face the Phillies for the first time since June 16, 2008 while with Boston. He is 1-2 lifetime against Philadelphia with a 4.65 ERA in five starts.

The Phillies counter with Kyle Kendrick, who is coming off a no-decision on Thursday versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. The righty allowed two runs on 10 hits and a walk as his club rallied for a 7-3 win.

Kendrick remained winless on the season at 0-2 with a 3.52 ERA, and the 29- year-old is 8-8 versus the Mets in his career with a 3.43 ERA in 22 games (16 starts).

04/30 11:03:41 ET