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Mets a game back in the loss column for second in the NL East

David Wright is congratulated by Marlon Byrd on

David Wright is congratulated by Marlon Byrd on his home run in the first inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies. (July 21, 2013) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

The Mets dismissed any notion of an All-Star break hangover. After beginning the second half with a blowout loss to the Phillies, the Mets rebounded with consecutive wins to claim the three-game series, which they capped off with Sunday's 5-0 victory.

"We bounced back again," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "It's a resilient bunch that's playing well right now."

The Mets have tied or won seven of their last nine series. Though they remain 10 games back of a wild-card spot, the Mets (43-51) are only one game back in the loss column to the Phillies (49-50) and Nationals (48-50), who are second and third in the National League East.

The Mets begin a four-game series Monday against the East-leading Braves (55-43) at Citi Field.

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Utilityman Justin Turner is nearing a return to the roster. "He'll be here very soon," Collins said of Turner, who has been on the disabled list since July 2 with a left intercostal strain. The Mets will likely cut down to 12 pitchers to make room for Turner on the roster . . . Dwight Gooden approved of his likeness at Sunday's bobblehead giveaway. "I like it," Gooden said. "I think they did a good job with it." . . . David Wright and Marlon Byrd teamed up for the Mets' first back-to-back homers since Wright and Turner accomplished the feat Sept. 25, 2012 . . . Byrd has knocked in at least one run in five consecutive games. He has seven RBIs during that stretch . . . Phillies starter Cliff Lee made his 300th career start (135-82).

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