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MIA@PHI: Lee uses arm, defense and bat to top Marlins

The Mets are on a roll entering the final week of the regular season and will look to complete a three-game sweep of the Phillies on Sunday.

Carlos Torres will start the series finale at Citizens Bank Park for New York, which has won six of its last nine games, and they'll be looking for their first series sweep in over a month.

Torres has given the Mets some quality starts since replacing Matt Harvey in the rotation in August. The right-hander struck out eight and allowed two runs on three hits in six innings in his last start against the Marlins. But Torres has lost his last three decisions since beating the Phillies on Aug. 29 in New York.

Cliff Lee will look to halt the Phillies' three-game losing skid and will make his fourth start against the Mets this season. Lee has already beaten New York twice this year, posting a 3.18 ERA.

Lee did it all in his last start Monday against the Marlins, striking out 14 over eight innings of two-run ball. The left-hander also had three hits and drove in four runs, a career high.

While Philadelphia is 12 games under .500 with eight games remaining, Lee wants the club to continue to play hard.

"No matter what team you're on and no matter what the circumstances are, you have to play hard and you can't take a single play off or a single pitch off or anything," Lee said after his last start.

Mets: Wright and Murphy a stellar combo
With David Wright back from a hamstring injury, Daniel Murphy could benefit the most from the third baseman's return to the lineup.

Murphy hits in front of Wright, who has four hits and two home runs since returning from the disabled list on Friday. In those contests, Murphy has four hits and has scored four runs.

Murphy is having a strong season, hitting .284 with 12 homers and 73 RBIs in 153 games.

"He's a baseball player," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Everybody has perhaps some kind of shortcoming, but Dan Murphy goes out every day and plays. He's held us together since we traded Marlon [Byrd] and David's been out. Everybody turns to see what Dan Murphy is doing."

Phillies: Hernandez shows promise
Cesar Hernandez has been productive as a September callup and is batting .406 (13-for-32) over his last nine games, with three RBIs and 10 runs scored. The rookie has played both center field and second base, and has impressed manager Ryne Sandberg.

"One of his strengths is that he's a plus-bat," Sandberg said. "He has an ability to hit a fastball and adjust to other pitches. There's been games he's played here, facing pitchers he hasn't seen before, and he makes adjustments as the game goes on. We've seen his ability to hit the fastball, but I've seen him geared for the fastball and adjust to something else and still put the bat on the ball. He adjusts to what he sees."

Worth noting
• Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is 6-for-18 (.333) lifetime against Lee with one double and one homer. Comments