Finally! Cliff Lee was Cliff Lee again.

The $21-million man was near his best Wednesday afternoon, a factor manager Charlie Manuel cited as crucial earlier in the week when discussing what these Phillies needed to do to right the ship.

And this time, the Phillies' offense rode to Lee's rescue. A three-run seventh inning that took the air out of Citi Field propelled the 37-46 Phillies to a 9-2 win against Mets (44-38), with Chase Utley lining a two-run homer over the right-field wall and Carlos Ruiz following suit with a moonshot solo blast just a batter later.