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Sunday, June 1st (All times Eastern)

New York Mets (26-29) at Philadelphia Phillies (24-29), 1:35 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Jon Niese (3-3, 2.74) Philadelphia - Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.43)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets were already set to see a lot of each other with an unusual five-game series on tap for this weekend.

The rivals have gotten a little extra time on the field with each other and the Mets have a chance to secure a series victory on Sunday afternoon in the fourth installment of this set.

This series was extended by a game due to a rainout in Philadelphia back on April 30, with the set to wrap on Monday.

New York won the opener on Thursday, but lost the following night in 14 innings. A quick turnaround then followed on Saturday with a late afternoon contest and that meeting also went 14 innings, with New York posting a 5-4 victory thanks to David Wright's two-out RBI single in the top of the frame.

Philadelphia's bullpen hurled seven straight scoreless innings, the last four by Jeff Manship before he exited after suffering a right quad strain running the bases in the 13th frame. Antonio Bastardo came on in relief, but allowed two walks before giving up Wright's hit.

"The bullpen was outstanding aside from that last inning," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.

After allowing the first two base runners to reach in the bottom of the 14th, Carlos Torres struck out two around a line out to secure his second save of the season.

Ruben Tejada had three hits in the win, one a solo homer that snapped his personal 552 at-bat span without a longball. He also scored the winning run as the Mets won for the fourth time in five games overall.

"The only thing that we accomplished is that we won it," said Mets manager Terry Collins. "Don't ask me how because I'll tell you there are some tired bodies. They're tired."

Ryan Howard hit a three-run homer for the Phillies, who lost for the seventh time in their last eight at home versus the Mets. Howard's homer saw him reach the 1,000 RBI mark and he did so in 1,230 games, the fastest among all active Major League players to hit that milestone.

The Phillies hope that Cole Hamels can pick up his second victory of the season this afternoon and find some more success against the rival Mets.

Hamels lasted seven innings for a fourth consecutive outing on Tuesday versus Colorado, but suffered a 6-2 loss. He yielded four runs on three hits and two walks, the big blow a three-run homer he yielded in the seventh frame.

"You just have to get that pitch down," Hamels said. "If the pitch is down, it's a definite different result so it was just a poorly executed pitch."

Hamels is 1-3 on the year with a 4.43 earned run average and faces the Mets for the 29th time in his career. He hasn't had a lot of success in this matchup, going 7-14 with a 4.51 ERA.

The 30-year-old lefty was knocked around for six runs on eight hits and five walks in a rainy loss on April 29 in Philadelphia, but pitched very well in the next meeting in New York on May 11. He fanned 10 batters over seven innings of one-run ball in that one, taking a no-decision.

Jon Niese has opposed Hamels in both previous meetings and does so again today looking to improve on his lifetime 7-6 mark versus the Phillies with a 3.08 ERA in 17 encounters.

Niese beat Hamels and the Phils on April 29 with seven frames of one-run ball, then got a no-decision as well in the next matchup after yielding three runs over six innings.

The left-hander is coming off a no-decision versus Pittsburgh on Tuesday as he struggled with command. Niese yielded three hits and issued four walks over 5 2/3 innings, but did limit the damage to two runs.

Niese, 27, is 3-3 on the year with a 2.74 ERA.

06/01 10:29:48 ET

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