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                   === Mets' Gee gets nod in south Philly ===
 
 (Sports  Network) - New York Mets starter Dillon Gee appeared to be headed for
 his fourth straight win the last time out, but gave up a late home run to fall
 back into the loss column.
 
 Gee  will take the mound Saturday in the middle portion of a three-game series
 against  the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. In Monday's 2-1 loss
 at  Atlanta, Gee was cruising through eight innings until Braves first baseman
 Freddie Freeman stroked a one-out two-run homer to win it.
 
 Gee's  three-game  winning streak came to  an end and the right-hander fell to
 5-7  with  a 4.56 earned run  average in 14 starts.  He has allowed a total of
 five  runs  in his last four  starts and lost  to Philadelphia on April 26. In
 eight  lifetime meetings (7  starts) with the Phillies, Gee is 2-3 with a 7.49
 ERA.
 
 Jonathan  Pettibone  gets the  nod for  the Phillies  and pitched a career-low
 three  innings  of a  10-5 loss  at Colorado last  Saturday. Pettibone gave up
 seven  runs, six of which were earned, and 10 hits to fall to 3-3 in 11 starts
 to go along with a 4.40 ERA.
 
 Pettibone  is 0-3 in his last six starts and has allowed 10 runs over his past
 two.  The young right-hander defeated the Mets the first time he faced them on
 April 27, when he lasted five innings and allowed three runs in a 9-4 win.
 
 The Mets were able to erase an early 3-0 deficit by handing the Phillies a 4-3
 setback  in  Friday's series  opener. Jeremy Hefner  outdueled Cole Hamels and
 earned  the win  with six solid innings,  allowing three runs -- two earned --
 and 10 hits with six strikeouts and one walk.
 
 "I thought this was a great win for us. We're down 3-0 with Cole Hamels on the
 mound.  To  come back  and win this  one was big,"  Mets manager Terry Collins
 said.
 
 Scott  Rice, Carlos  Torres and Bobby Parnell each threw a scoreless inning of
 relief  with Parnell  notching  his 12th  save in  the  process. Juan  Lagares
 powered  the offense with  three hits, an RBI and a run scored, while newcomer
 Eric Young finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and scored a run.
 
 New  York has  won two in a row and  five of seven games, and is 4-2 on an 11-
 game road trip.
 
 Hamels,  meanwhile, suffered  his  11th  loss (2-11)  of  the  season and  was
 disappointed he couldn't hold an early lead.
 
 "Today  was game  that  I  feel like  we  could have  seized.  It  was a  good
 opportunity and I wasn't able to take care of what I needed to take care of on
 the field," Hamels said.
 
 Hamels  was tagged  for four  runs on  seven hits  with three  walks and  five
 strikeouts in six innings.
 
 Domonic  Brown and Ben Revere had two hits and an RBI apiece for the Phillies,
 who  have lost  two straight and four  of six games. Revere was able to extend
 his hitting streak to 11 games in defeat.
 
 Prior  to Friday's opener with the Mets, Philadelphia activated second baseman
 Chase Utley off the disabled list and he went 0-for-5. To make room for Utley,
 who  missed a  month with  an oblique  strain, the  club optioned  utility man
 Michael Martinez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
 
 "I had some opportunities to drive in some runs, I didn't do that," Utley told
 the  club's  website. "But  overall picture,  I feel  good, I  feel like I can
 contribute."
 
 Philadelphia  is still a solid 5-2 against the Mets this season and 9-2 in the
 previous 11 meetings between the NL East rivals.
 
 06/22 10:26:15 ET

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