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Mets defeat Phillies to clinch top wild card playoff spot

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James Loney #28 of the New York Mets is congratulated after hitting a two-run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

James Loney is congratulated after hitting a two-run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA — The New York Mets clinched a playoff spot Saturday, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 to secure the top National League wild card.

The defending NL champions will host San Francisco or St. Louis on Wednesday night at Citi Field, with the winner advancing to face the Chicago Cubs.

James Loney hit a two-run homer to back 43-year-old Bartolo Colon (15-8), and Jeurys Familia closed for his major league-high 51st save. T.J. Rivera, Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera each had an RBI single.

The only other time the Mets made the postseason in consecutive years was 1999-2000. New York won the NL East last season and went all the way to the World Series before losing to Kansas City.