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PHI@STL: Lee strikes out seven over seven innings

The tightening race in the National League East figures to brighten the spotlight on Wednesday's rubber match between the rival Mets and Phillies, especially given the changing tide of the rivalry in 2012.

After possessing the upper hand of the rivalry in recent seasons, the Phillies find themselves in a position where a statement may need to be made. After dropping Wednesday's contest, the Phillies are now 2-6 versus the Mets in 2012.

As the Phillies continue to battle their way out of the NL East cellar, their starter in the series finale is still fighting for his first victory of the season. Since coming off the disabled list on May 9, Cliff Lee is 0-1 with a 3.53 ERA, with 29 strikeouts against just six walks, and he's 0-2 on the year.

Wednesday marks Lee's third start against the Mets this season, one of which resulted in a loss back on April 13. That day, the Mets tagged Lee for four earned runs on five hits over seven innings. The left-hander fared better the next time in a two-run, six-inning effort on May 9, but took a no-decision.

Meanwhile, Dillon Gee hopes to keep his momentum following back-to-back victories. Gee now sits at 4-3 on the season with a 4.92 ERA, but has pitched more effectively after giving up seven earned runs over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Brewers on May 15.

The right-hander has since rebounded to allow four earned runs in his last 13 2/3 innings, with 15 strikeouts. Wednesday will be Gee's second start against the Phillies this season. He took a no-decision on May 9, when he surrendered four earned runs on 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Philadelphia has provided a robust test for the third-year starter. In five career games (four starts), Gee is 2-1, but owns a 7.50 ERA and a .317 opponents' batting average.

Phillies: Doc goes on the DL
Two days after exiting his start in the second inning with a shoulder injury, the Phillies learned they will be without Roy Halladay for at least the next six to eight weeks. Halladay was placed on the disabled list Tuesday after he was diagnosed with a Grade 1/2 strain of his right latissimus dorsi. Halladay will be withheld from baseball activity for three weeks.

"We hate to have him down," Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said, "but it's nothing that requires anything other than rest."

Mets: Shortstop turnstile
The Mets recalled shortstop Omar Quintanilla from Triple-A Buffalo, taking Justin Turner's spot on the active roster after Turner was placed on the disabled list with a right ankle injury. Quintanilla will be the sixth player to handle shortstop duties for the Mets this season, behind Ruben Tejada, Ronny Cedeno, Turner, Jordany Valdespin and David Wright.

"It certainly tells you that we have a lot of issues here with the health of our club," said Mets manager Terry Collins, "when you have to send six guys out there to play shortstop, and three of them are not shortstops. We've said this from the beginning: if we're going to maintain this over six months, were going to have to get healthy and stay healthy."

Worth noting
• Wright snapped an 0-for-14 streak with a first-inning single on Tuesday. The slump was Wright's longest since going 0-for-20 from April 15-21, 2011.

• Despite losing on Tuesday, the Phillies have already secured their 10th consecutive season of playing .500 or better in May. The Phillies last sub-.500 May came in 2002, when they went 12-14.

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