Phillies' Cliff Lee finally gets victory No. 1 this season | Baseball Notebook
Cliff Lee, a former Cy Young Award winner, beat the Mets for his first victory after 13 winless starts with Philadelphia.
NEW YORK — Cliff Lee was savoring a most elusive victory when Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels sneaked up from behind and gave their fellow Phillies ace a Gatorade bath.
It was one early shower Lee could enjoy.
The left-hander finally posted his first victory of the season as Philadelphia beat the New York Mets 9-2 Wednesday.
Lee (1-5) had gone a puzzling 13 starts this year without a victory. He hadn't been awful, nor had he consistently shown good command.
Lee's drought was the longest by a former Cy Young Award winner since Greg Maddux went 14 starts without a win in 2008 for San Diego. The worst skid for a Cy Young winner was 19 starts by Fernando Valenzuela in 1988-89.
Lee said the streak 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."
Facing the Mets for the fourth time this season, Lee came out sharp and struck out three of the first four batters. He pitched eight innings and struck out nine, most of them looking.
"He pretty much dominated us today," Mets star David Wright said.
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