While Kyle Kendrick labored through his last start against the Cardinals, needing 113 pitches to get through six innings, the Phillies right-hander still managed to post a quality start.
Allowing two runs on eight hits, it marked Kendrick's third consecutive quality start this season. That's a trend that started last season for Kendrick, who has tossed 11 quality starts in his past 14 outings.
He'll go for a fourth Friday as the Phillies and Mets square off in their series opener at Citi Field.
Kendrick went six innings on April 10 against the Mets, allowing two runs on eight hits for his only win this season.
Getting that second win could be difficult for Kendrick with a struggling Phillies offense. Philadelphia has scored three runs or fewer in 13 of its past 14 games.
"We've got to improve. We've got to hit those fastballs," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said earlier this week. "I hope that doesn't put a lot of pressure on the team. But we've got to hit some of those fastballs."
Mets right-hander Dillon Gee will try to keep the Phillies' bats quiet as he takes the hill looking for his second straight win.
Gee tossed 5 2/3 innings against the Nationals on Sunday, allowing just three hits after losing his first three starts. He also struck out six in the contest.
Gee ran out of steam in the sixth, walking three of the first four batters he faced, before exiting with the lead.
"I'm just happy to finally contribute to a win," Gee said after the game. "That's the truth. We needed to step it up. It's been really eating away at me the past few weeks, not going out there and doing my job."
Phillies: Revere gets rest
• Center fielder Ben Revere, who had started every game this season, was out of the lineup Thursday afternoon against the Pirates.
As Revere deals with a nagging quad injury, Manuel also wanted to get a look at Ezequiel Carrera, whom the Phillies claimed off waivers April 2 from the Indians.
"I think Revere needs a little break. I told him [Wednesday] night after the game that he was going to get a day off. We'll see where it goes," Manuel said. "And I think we need to take a look at Carrera, too. He's only [started] one game since we got him, and there are some things, as far as his actions, that I like.
Carrera went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in the Phillies' 6-4 loss, their third in a row.
Mets: Collins switches around lineup
• With Lucas Duda swinging a hot bat, Mets manager Terry Collins decided to move the left fielder into the cleanup spot, dropping Ike Davis down to sixth for Thursday's game, a 3-2 loss against the Dodgers.
"We've got to get Ike going," Collins said. "We're heading into May here and we need to get him swinging the bat like he's capable of. I don't know if he's trying to put too much pressure on himself to hit homers, but I just said, 'You know what? Maybe it's time to get him to relax a little bit.' When he starts swinging like he's capable of, or like we saw in the second half, I'll move him back in that four hole, because I just think that's our best lineup. But Lucas is swinging great, so I just made the switch."
Davis is batting just .174 on the season, but hit a solo home run in the ninth inning of Thursday' s game. Duda finished the game 1-for-4 and has slugged four home runs in his past 13 games.
• Philadelphia is just 20-26 in April the past two seasons. The team is 9-14 this season after going 11-12 in 2012.
• Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon is a perfect 55-for-55 in save opportunities in his career in the month of April.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.