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PHI@CIN: Cloyd fans nine en route to first MLB win

Rain in Queens forced Tuesday's game between the Mets and Phillies to be postponed to Thursday, costing both teams an off-day. But with the Phillies battling for a National League Wild Card spot, the game had to be made up as soon as possible.

The teams will play the finale of their three-game series Thursday night, with Philadelphia looking to complete a sweep. A victory against the Mets would give the Phillies a 4-3 record on their road trip, despite losing a four-game series against the last-place Astros.

The Phils will turn to rookie right-hander Tyler Cloyd, who made his Major League debut against the Mets three weeks ago. He gave up three runs in six innings and the Phillies lost, 3-2.

Cloyd's last outing, a 6-4 loss to the Astros on Thursday, came on three days' rest. After pitching three shutout innings, Cloyd was pulled after surrendering a three-run home run to start the fourth.

"I felt like [Cloyd] was having some problems," manager Charlie Manuel said. "It was time to get him."

The Mets will turn to right-hander Jeremy Hefner, who will make his first start since losing to the Braves on Sept. 8. Hefner will be trying to snap the club's losing streak at Citi Field. They have lost eight straight home games and have not won in Queens since beating the Astros on Aug. 26.

Hefner has made 10 starts and his last win as a starter came against the Phillies on May 29. After that game, Hefner made his case for remaining in the Major Leagues.

"If I'm here, I'm going to give it my all," he said, "and I'm going to do everything I can to win ballgames."

Mets: With Francisco out, Edgin given first chance to close
• Closer Frank Francisco was unavailable Wednesday due to right elbow tendinitis that has bothered him since Sunday. So when the Mets found themselves leading the Phillies in the ninth on Wednesday, manager Terry Collins turned to rookie left-hander Josh Edgin to go for his first career save.

Edgin was unable to deliver, giving up a two-out, two-run home run to Ryan Howard. The Phillies held on to win, 3-2.

Should Collins not want to continue to use Edgin as his closer, right-hander Bobby Parnell and Jon Rauch could get a chance as long as Francisco is sidelined.

Phillies: Nosing above .500
• The Phils improved to 75-74 with the win against the Mets. A win Thursday would move them two games above .500 for the first time since June 2, when they were 28-26.

The Phillies have used a month-long hot streak to climb back above .500. They are 18-7 in their last 25 games, the second-best record in the Major Leagues in that span.

Worth noting
• Mets first baseman Ike Davis was the lone player to get multiple hits off Cloyd in the righty's Major League debut. Davis went 2-for-3 against the rookie in a 3-2 victory.

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