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COL@PHI: Lee tosses 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball

When the Phillies take the field Wednesday, they'll try to do more than just keep pace in the National League Wild Card race. They'll also try to climb above .500 for the first time since June 3, when they were 28-27.

Philadelphia's recent playoff push, which includes a season-high-tying six straight wins, may come as a surprise to some, but not to Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen.

"People ask me about it, 'Are you surprised?' No," Guillen said. "I'm surprised they're not in. But I think they're coming back, and if they hold on, with their pitching staff, they're going to have a chance."

On Wednesday, lefty Cliff Lee will be the one trying to give the Phillies a chance to complete a three-game sweep of the Marlins. Lee has been dominant of late, going 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in his last five starts. Over his last 55 2/3 innings, Lee has walked just two, providing the Marlins with a hard followup after facing Roy Halladay in Tuesday's loss.

"It's never easy against those guys," Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes said. "Lee's the guy who's going to be around the plate, too. We just need to be aggressive in the strike zone and try to put a good swing on the ball."

While the Marlins' bats will have their hands full with Lee, Miami will turn to righty Josh Johnson to try to play the role of spoiler and snap Philadelphia's winning streak. Johnson snapped a four-decision skid during his last start, although he has pitched well in his last couple of outings, going 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 15 innings.

Marlins: Guillen likes new playoff format
• Although the Marlins are out of playoff contention, Guillen is in favor of the new postseason format that includes a second Wild Card team in each league.

"I think it's a great idea," Miami's skipper said before Tuesday's game in Philadelphia. "I think it's great for baseball. I think that's the hardest thing to do in baseball, win the Wild Card. Because now, so many teams play well ... I think it's very great for the fans and very good for the cities that are involved."

Phillies: Chooch likely to rest in finale
• Carlos Ruiz was in the starting lineup Tuesday for the first time in more than a month, but the catcher will likely get a breather Wednesday against the Marlins as the Phillies continue to ease him back into the swing of things.

Ruiz was sidelined from Aug. 3 until last Friday with an injured left foot. He went 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a walk on Tuesday. Manager Charlie Manuel said Ruiz will likely rest Wednesday before returning to the lineup either Thursday or Friday.

Worth noting
• While a win Wednesday will put the Phillies' overall record above .500, it will also give them a winning record at home. They enter the series finale 37-37 at Citizens Bank Park.

• Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has homered in seven of his last eight road games.

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