NEW YORK -- The Philadelphia Phillies ended their slump just in time to avoid last place.
Another defeat would have dropped the Phillies below the Mets and into the NL East cellar.
"We were in last place for a long time. We don't want to go back," manager Charlie Manuel said.
Cory Lidle tossed seven solid innings in a steady rain, and David Bell drove in two runs to spark the Phillies to only their second win in 10 games. They face Pedro Martinez on Thursday and Atlanta's John Smoltz on Friday night.
"That'll be a good chance to win two more," Manuel said. "Got to think on the bright side, be positive."
Cliff Floyd hit his 21st homer and an RBI single for the Mets. Pinch-hitter Jose Offerman also connected for his first homer with New York.
Backed by strong defense, Lidle (7-6) retired his first 10 batters before Mike Cameron's double. After losing 4-3 to Ishii last week, the right-hander, who made his major-league debut with the Mets in 1997, allowed five hits and walked one. He struck out seven, improving to 4-1 in five career games against the Mets.
"That's a lineup that I like to throw to," Lidle said. "I feel like I have a good game plan against them."
Ugueth Urbina worked a perfect eighth with two strikeouts, and Billy Wagner got three outs for his 19th save in 21 tries.
"Today was a big game. Tomorrow we've got to come back with the same intensity and try to win two out of three," Lidle said.
Ishii (2-7) set down nine of his first 10 batters, then walked three straight starting the fourth. After Jim Thome struck out, Bell delivered a two-run single for the first hit of the game.
"I don't think my control was too off. I think I just became a little too cautious that inning," Ishii said through a translator. "I think I need to be more aggressive and stop protecting myself."
Utley was next, and he drove a 2-2 pitch off the lower portion of the right-center scoreboard for his 11th homer, just his second against a left-hander.
"The more I see 'em, the more comfortable I feel," Utley said. "It becomes a little easier, I guess."
It also was Utley's third home run in 30 at-bats against the Mets this season.
"He crushed it, put a good swing on it," Manuel said. "That's always a good sign."
A frustrated Willie Randolph popped right out of the dugout to yank Ishii, booed by the crowd of 24,915 as he walked off the mound. He gave up only two hits but walked four, and has lost four of five starts.
"Right now, he's still in the rotation," Randolph said. "He's out of his rhythm and he's trying to find it. He goes through some spurts where he seems to find it, and I thought that was the case early on tonight."
Cameron scored on Floyd's two-out single in the fourth, making it 5-1. But Bobby Abreu walked, stole second and scored on Thome's RBI groundout in the fifth.
Offerman homered in the fifth and Floyd in the sixth, cutting it to 6-3.
Philadelphia employed a drastic shift against Floyd, and it paid off in the second inning. Utley, the second baseman, fielded a hard one-hopper in medium right field and barely threw out Floyd, with Thome getting back to first just in time.
"The Braves did it once to me, but not quite like this," Floyd said. "All you can do is hit the ball hard. You can't worry about where they're playing. You go up there and try to stay in your game."
- Floyd is 16-for-37 (.432) against Philadelphia this season with five homers, more than any other Phillies opponent. Mike Piazza is next with four.
- The start was delayed 34 minutes because of rain. Neither team took batting practice on the field.
- Ishii dropped to 1-4 in seven outings against Philadelphia.
- Utley is 11-for-32 (.344) against New York this year.
- Mets INF Miguel Cairo, on the 15-day DL since June 15 with a strained left hamstring, began his rehab assignment with Class-A St. Lucie, going 1-for-4 with a single as the DH.
- New York pinch-hitters have three homers this year. Offerman's first career pinch-homer came on May 19, for Philadelphia against St. Louis.
- The Mets lead the season series 7-4.