NEW YORK -- After dropping the first two games in the first installment of the 2012 Subway Series, Mets manager Terry Collins got a little creative with the lineup on Sunday afternoon.

Andres Torres led off for the Mets, followed by Jason Bay and David Wright, respectively.

Collins' thought process?

"We've got three guys who can do damage, maybe, against [Andy Pettitte], let's put them together," he said. "Let's see if maybe we can get this thing jumpstarted."

The Mets, who have lost five of their last six games, mustered only three combined runs in their first two games against the Yankees this weekend. Sunday's lineup was designed to face the Yankees' veteran left-hander -- Torres held a .314 batting average against southpaws entering the game.

"When [Torres] gets on, he scores. We win games," Collins said. "We've got numbers that show that when this guy scores runs, we win."

Bay went a combined 0-for-7 in the opening two games of the series -- the first two games Bay has played since fracturing a rib on April 23. But with Wright -- who hit his eighth home run of the season on Saturday and held a .355 average entering Sunday's game -- behind him in the lineup, Bay said he expected to get some good pitches to hit.

"I feel like my bat's getting better," Bay said. "First at-bat back was a little touchy, but I feel like it's gotten progressively better, and I'm just hoping to get to the point here where that's not an issue anymore."

Mets to give Gee an extra day before next start

NEW YORK -- Dillon Gee will get an extra day of rest before his next scheduled start, according to manager Terry Collins.

Gee, who has been unable to reach 100 pitches only twice in 12 starts this season, has consistently pitched on four days' rest since his May 15 start against Milwaukee.

Gee pitched seven innings Saturday night against the Yankees, but acknowledged a "dead" feeling in his arm following the game. He confirmed that there was no relation to injury, and that the sensation was nothing to worry about.

Collins followed up on Gee's comments Sunday morning, and said the decision to give the right-hander an extra day of rest stemmed from Gee showing normal signs of fatigue.

Worth noting

• Scott Hairston had a pinch-hit single on Saturday night in the seventh inning. Over his last 11 games entering Sunday's series finale, Hairston was batting .417 (10-for-24) with five home runs and 10 RBIs.