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Lee finally posted his first victory of the season and Philadelphia hit three late homers, breaking past the New York Mets 9-2 Wednesday and stopping a six-game losing streak.
"Got a win, Fourth of July. Good for Cliff," manager Charlie Manuel said.
Lee (1-5) had gone a puzzling 13 starts this year without a victory, a key reason the five-time NL East champions have fallen far behind. The lefty hadn't been awful, nor had he consistently shown good command.
"I would've loved to have a win a long time ago," Lee said, adding the slump was a bigger deal to others than to him.
"I wouldn't say it doesn't matter, but it's something I can't control," he said. "Sometimes, weird things happen."
If anything, he said, he's been disappointed "because I've let innings snowball." That happened in his previous outing at Miami, his poorest start of the season.
Manuel said Lee's teammates kidded and joked with him after he broke his hex. Lee's jersey and uniform pants were soaked when he returned to the clubhouse.
"That was good," Lee told Halladay.
Facing the Mets for the fourth time this season, Lee came out sharp and struck out three of the first four batters. He wound up going eight innings and struck out nine, most of them looking.
"He pretty much dominated us today," Mets star David Wright said.
Lee's drought was the longest by a former Cy Young winner since Greg Maddux went 14 starts without a win in 2008 with San Diego -- the worst skid for a Cy winner was 19 starts by Fernando Valenzuela in 1988-89, STATS LLC said.
Lee seemed as if he might wind up in the loss column again after the Phillies managed just two singles in the first six innings against Chris Young (2-2). Juan Pierre led off the seventh with a sharp single and Utley followed with a tying drive into the right-field seats, his second homer since missing nearly three months because of knee trouble.
Ruiz, set to play in his first All-Star game, then put the Phillies ahead by connecting for the second straight day, hitting his 13th home run.
That was plenty for Lee on this afternoon.
"Once they took the lead, we saw a different side of him," said Mets catcher Mike Nickeas, who fanned twice. "He's one of the better ones in the game. He was tremendous today."
Philadelphia pulled away with a three-run eighth and a three-run ninth against the Mets' bullpen. Jimmy Rollins doubled home a run, Ruiz hit an RBI single and Wigginton hustled home from second on Hunter Pence's single off shortstop Ruben Tejada's glove in the eighth.
Rollins added an RBI grounder and Wigginton homered the next inning.
Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon made his first appearance in a week and pitched the ninth.
"Make sure we nailed that one down," Manuel said, smiling.
The six straight losses matched the Phillies' longest slump of the season. They also had lost seven in a row on the road.
A day after routing Philadelphia, the Mets lost for the second time in seven games.
Scott Hairston put the Mets ahead with a solo homer in the fourth, lining an 0-2 pitch over the left-field wall. As Hairston rounded the bases, Lee scuffed at the dirt and looked out toward center field, where a replay of the pitch was playing on the videoboard.
The Mets, as they've done all season, strung together some two-hits and made it 2-0 in the fifth. Wright drove in the run with a single.
|Cliff Lee gets back on track with eight strong innings and the Phils win their first game with Lee on the mound since May 30. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jimmy Rollins, SS||5||2||1||2||0||0||0||.255|
|Juan Pierre, LF||3||1||2||0||0||0||0||.322|
|a- Ty Wigginton, PH-1B||1||2||1||2||1||0||0||.249|
|Chase Utley, 2B||5||1||1||2||0||0||3||.273|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||4||1||2||2||0||0||1||.357|
|Hunter Pence, RF||4||0||2||1||0||1||0||.288|
|Shane Victorino, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.248|
|Placido Polanco, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.270|
|John Mayberry Jr., 1B-LF||4||2||1||0||0||2||1||.227|
|Cliff Lee, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.214|
|b- Jason Pridie, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Jonathan Papelbon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-was walked intentionally for Pierre in the 8th|
|b-singled for Lee in the 9th|
|2B - Jimmy Rollins (18, Byrdak)|
|HR - Ty Wigginton (9, Hefner), Chase Utley (2, C. Young), Carlos Ruiz (13, C. Young)|
|SH - Cliff Lee (2)|
|RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (29), Ty Wigginton 2 (35), Chase Utley 2 (3), Carlos Ruiz 2 (46), Hunter Pence (49)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ty Wigginton 2 (15), Carlos Ruiz (19), Hunter Pence (14)|
|SB - Juan Pierre (20, 2nd base off C. Young/Nickeas)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|Cliff Lee (W,1-5)||8||7||2||2||1||9||1||3.98|
|Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 116-86, Jonathan Papelbon 9-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 5-10|
|Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 32, Jonathan Papelbon 3|
|New York Mets|
|Ruben Tejada, SS||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.331|
|Daniel Murphy, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.288|
|David Wright, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||2||0||.350|
|Scott Hairston, LF||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.254|
|Lucas Duda, RF||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.256|
|Ike Davis, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.200|
|Andres Torres, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.201|
|Mike Nickeas, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.176|
|a- Josh Thole, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.272|
|Chris Young, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.125|
|b- Ronny Cedeno, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.259|
|Miguel Batista, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tim Byrdak, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeremy Hefner, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|a-flied out for Nickeas in the 9th|
|b-popped out for C. Young in the 7th|
|2B - Ruben Tejada (13, Lee)|
|HR - Scott Hairston (11, Lee)|
|RBI - David Wright (55), Scott Hairston (33)|
|2-OUT RBI - David Wright (21)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Wright-Murphy-Davis|
|New York Mets|
|Chris Young (L,2-2)||7||5||3||3||0||3||2||3.41|
|IBB - Wigginton by Tim Byrdak|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 81-57, Miguel Batista 1-1, Tim Byrdak 20-12, Jeremy Hefner 29-20|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 5-12, Tim Byrdak 1-1, Jeremy Hefner 4-0|
|Batters Faced - Chris Young 25, Miguel Batista 1, Tim Byrdak 4, Jeremy Hefner 9|
|Attendance - 28687|
|Game Time - 2:39|
|Temperature - 86|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Marty Foster|