Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/4/12

Cliff Lee and the Philadelphia Phillies can breathe easier.

Lee won for the first time since last September and the Phillies stopped a six-game losing streak with a 9-2 victory over the New York Mets in a matinee Independence Day game at Citi Field. Lee held New York to two runs on seven hits in eight innings; he struck out nine and walked one.

"Today was hot and he did a good job, he stayed with it, he was right on," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He pitched a Lee game."

The Phillies entered the game coming off an 11-1 blowout loss the night before and were in danger of stretching their losing skid to what would have been a season-high seven games. But Lee, who entered 0-5 with a 4.13 ERA in 13 starts this season, was vintage Cliff Lee.

He sliced and diced his way through the Mets order for the majority of the day. The only two blemishes on his pitching line were a solo home run from Scott Hairston in the fourth and three consecutive two-out hits in the fifth, capped by a RBI single by David Wright.

Lee retired 10 of 11 and eight straight to end his day. When Jonathan Papelbon recorded the game's final three outs in the ninth, Lee had his first win since Sept. 26, 2011, a span of 281 days.

"I think (the media) made more of a big deal out of it than I did," Lee said of his winless drought. "I keep things simple. I try to give the team a chance to win every time. I would have loved to have had a win a long time ago. To me, it wasn't as big a deal as (the media) wanted it to be for me."

Lee wouldn't have gotten a win on Wednesday if it wasn't for the Phillies' late arriving offense.

After Lee had given up single runs in the fourth and fifth, the Phils faced a 2-0 deficit heading into the seventh inning. But Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz hit back-to-back home runs to first tie and then give the Phillies the lead.

They would score six more runs in the eighth and ninth innings to win going away.

"How many times have we done that this year?" Manuel said of the comeback offense. "That's been one of our biggest deals -- it's been hard for us to come back late. Good teams, winning teams do that. That made all the difference in the world."

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