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PHI@SF: Lee strikes out seven over 10 scoreless

Cliff Lee makes his return from the disabled list Wednesday against the only team that's beaten him this season as the Phillies try to take the finale from the Mets on Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park.

The last time Lee was on a Major League mound, the left-hander was at his best, tossing 10 shutout innings against the Giants on April 18 in a classic pitchers' duel against San Francisco's Matt Cain. Lee went on the DL the following day with a strained left oblique, but threw a bullpen session Saturday morning and declared himself ready.

"Everything is normal," said Lee, who will be on a pitch count of about 75 to 80.

Lee, who is 0-1 with a 1.96 ERA in three starts this season, lost to the Mets on April 13 -- allowing four runs in seven innings -- but has stymied the division rivals for much of his career, going 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA in four career starts against them.

The Mets enter Wednesday winners of four straight and already have done something they hadn't since 2008: Win two series in Philadelphia in a single season.

Right-hander Dillon Gee starts for the Mets as they go for the sweep and the righty is hoping to pitch deeper into games than he has of late. Gee didn't factor into the decision in his last outing against the D-backs despite allowing two runs in six innings, which he needed 109 pitches to complete.

Gee is 2-1 with a 7.85 ERA in four games (three starts) against the Phillies in his career.

Mets: Digging a hole
The Mets' opponents have scored first in eight of their last 10 games, including in Tuesday's 7-4 win. Like in Tuesday's victory, it hasn't mattered much, however, as the Mets are 9-10 this season when the other team crosses the plate first.

• The Mets are 17-13 through 30 games this season. They were 12-18 at this point last year and 17-13 after 30 games in 2010.

Phillies: Bullpen woes
After posting a 2.01 ERA through its first 14 appearances this season, the Phillies bullpen has a 7.19 ERA over the last 15.

• Third baseman Placido Polanco is six hits shy of 2,000 for his career.

Worth noting
• Mets players are hitting only .170 (9-for-53) against Lee in their careers.

• Monday's victory was the Mets' 400th all time against the Phillies, their most against any Major League team. Comments