Mets turn to red-hot Gee against Phillies

( - Dillon Gee will carry the longest scoreless-innings streak of his career into his start on Saturday night when the New York Mets resume a three-game set with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Gee has not allowed a run in 16 straight innings and has recorded scoreless performances in three of his last four starts, winning all three and posting a 0.67 earned run average. His lone defeat over that time was a 3-0 setback versus St. Louis on April 22.

The 28-year-old righty is coming off a 5-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday as he scattered six hits over six innings of work. Gee moved to 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA on the season following the win.

"He goes about his job as professional as anybody," Mets manager Terry Collins commented on Gee. "He uses all his pitches, throws strikes and gets people out."

In 10 previous meetings with the Phillies, all but one of them starts, he is 3-3 with a 7.46 ERA.

Philadelphia, meanwhile, turns to the winless Kyle Kendrick, who is 0-3 despite a 3.58 ERA. The right-hander has allowed three earned runs or fewer in five of his six starts on the year.

Kendrick posted a quality start last time out, but lost a 3-0 game to the Toronto Blue Jays. He allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks over seven innings and has now lost eight consecutive decisions dating back to his last win on Aug. 6.

"I just want to give my team a chance to win," Kendrick said. "Wins are ... sometimes out of your control."

The 29-year-old is 8-8 with a 3.43 ERA in his career versus the Mets, a span that includes 22 games with 16 starts.

The Phillies grabbed a 3-2 extra-inning victory in Friday's opener, going ahead on Marlon Byrd's RBI double in the top of the 11th inning. Jonathan Papelbon then retired the Mets in order in the bottom of the frame to earn his 10th save.

"It was just one of those things where I was hoping to get a cutter I could do something with and put it in the right spot," Byrd said.

Domonic Brown had a pair of RBI singles for the Phillies, who were coming off a four-game, home-and-home set in which they were swept by Toronto, outscored 31-11 and shut out twice.

The Mets got a game-tying RBI double by David Wright in the eighth frame and Curtis Granderson also knocked in a run, but the club still lost its season- high fourth game in a row and seventh in its last eight overall.

The two struggling clubs combined to leave 32 men on base, 15 by the Mets.

"We just haven't, as of late, been able to get that big one that cracks it open," Wright said.

New York had a five-game winning streak over Philadelphia snapped.