New York - There is confidence building with the New York Mets and it was clearly more evident after a 7-5 win over division rival Philadelphia Thursday evening at Citi Field, their fourth straight and a two-game series sweep over the Phils.  Pitching, defense and hitting have come together and their closer Frankie Rodriguez has been a major factor.The confidence also attributed to K-Rod, who got the win for starter Mike Pelfrey, now 4-0. And Rodriguez got his fourth consecutive save in as many nights, perfect nine times now coming in a game as he retired Jimmy Rollins and stranded Matt Stairs at second who had walked.The confidence that has Carlos Beltran, batting .382, leading the National League in hitting and fourth highest in baseball, also hitting his fifth home run of the season in the first inning. A two-run homer that led to a Mets four run first inning that went along with a two-run homer from David Wright.“We had a little bump early and the confidence has always been there,” said Wright who went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two runs batted in. Two home runs over the past nine games from Wright, including two doubles and a triple, a .406 average over that span certainly builds confidence.It was the second time this season Beltran and Wright hit two-run home runs in the first inning. Wright has also found the fences at Citi Field. His third long ball of the season, Pelfrey winning his second game against Philadelphia this month, and of course K-Rod staying perfect certainly helps/This is something the Mets need to overtake the Phillies in the NL East race.  The past two seasons, those September collapses were attributed to the big bats of Beltran and Wright going cold.  The bullpen failed to have a closer like Rodriguez who is on pace to save 62 more games this season.But can K-Rod continue to come out of the pen so often in order to keep this confidence building for the Mets?  “I am not going to change my routine,” K-Rod responded when asked if he could come and save a fifth straight Friday evening at Citi Field when the Mets open a three game series with Pittsburgh.“Mentally after the seventh inning,” he said, “I always make sure I’m doing my routine. You have to be prepared when that phone rings; make sure you’re prepared,” he said also commenting that every game counts at the end.And indeed every game does count, and these Mets know how important it is to have a guy like K-Rod that can be depended on to get the win. It builds confidence that certainly was lacking for Manager Jerry Manuel last September. Now he has K-Rod and doesn’t have to mix and match out of the pen to preserve a win.“The more he pitches the better he feels,” said Manuel who also sounds more and more like a confident manager. Because he has a closer that can do it, Pelfrey continues to make adjustments and has improved, and of course the confidence of calling on K-Rod that makes a starting pitcher that much better at the end.“Don’t think you can get 62 Saves without throwing a lot,” added Pelfrey about his closer. And the Mets offense getting six or more runs for Pelfrey while he was on the mound added more confidence.Said Beltran, “There’s no better feeling than how you feel at the plate.”  And no better feeling for the Mets right now. They are confident and go for five straight and perhaps five straight saves from K-Rod Friday evening.e-mail Rich Mancuso: Ring 786@aol.com