Cliff Lee was savoring a most elusive win when Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels sneaked up behind him, giving their fellow Phillies ace a Gatorade bath.
Now that was one early shower Lee could enjoy.
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.
Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz hit consecutive home runs in the seventh inning as the Phillies rallied from a 2-0 deficit. Ty Wigginton's two-run homer in the ninth capped the surge.
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.