,PHILADELPHIA -- On the eve of the final regular season series between the Phillies and Mets at Citizens Bank Park, the local nine watched two encouraging developments take place.
Brett Myers stayed hot. Jimmy Rollins got hot.
Myers extended his shutout streak to 16 consecutive innings and Rollins shook himself out of a 4-for-48 funk with three hits as the Phillies blanked the Dodgers 5-0 Monday night to complete a four-game sweep.
The Phillies shut out the Dodgers despite getting out-hit 13-10.
"I remember one night in Cleveland we got 14 hits and only one run - I was upset," Manuel said of the Phils' 13-hit shutout. "It's not good - better them than us."
Coming off his first complete game shutout in over four years, Myers nearly made it two in a row. The 28-year-old right-hander scattered nine hits while walking three and striking out eight.
Myers was lifted after seven innings and 109 pitches.
While he probably wouldn't have been against a chance to pick up his straight complete game, Myers did finish with a flair. He had to face Jeff Kent and Manny Ramirez -- a pair of future Hall of Famers -- with the bases loaded, one out and his team clinging on to a 3-0 lead.
"It's tough, but I welcome those challenges . I want to face their best in key situations like that because I'm a competitor," Myers said. "It's not fun when you don't get them out, but it's fun when you do get them out."
Myers made it fun.
First he reared back and collected his eighth strikeout of the night by fanning Kent on a hook. Myers then went to work on Ramirez, who he yielded a grand slam to three years earlier at Citizens Bank Park.
Myers' first pitch, a 91 mile-per-hour heater, was fouled off. Ramirez took the second fastball for a ball.
Myers then went to the hook, but Ramirez wasn't fooled. Thankfully for the Phillies, Jayson Werth chased down the long drive into the right field gap to end the inning.
"I knew it wasn't going out because I hit mine and I knew I had more pop than him," Myers joked, referring to his own fly out to right earlier in the game.
Myers improved to 4-1 with a 1.66 ERA in seven starts since his midsummer, minor-league sabbatical.
His offensive support came in every form with the exception of the Phillies specialty, the home run. Chase Utley banged out two hits. Ryan Howard shook off two strikeouts with a double in the seventh.
In the same inning, Jayson Werth motored all the way home from second base on a Chris Coste ground out to the right side of the infield.
"A good piece of base running," Manuel said, referring to Werth's Charlie Hustle-like run.
While he wasn't the only star on the offensive side, Rollins played a role in two of the three innings the Phillies pushed across runs.
The 2007 NL MVP, who entered the game hitting .255, smacked a two-out, two-run single to put the Phillies up 2-0 in the second inning. In his next at-bat, Rollins led off the fifth with a double and came around to score two batters later.
"You kind of expect him to get big hits with the way he played last year. They just haven't come in bunches for him," Myers said of Rollins. "Tonight he went out there, had big hits and scored. And
that's what makes us win."
The suddenly, scalding-hot Rollins made it three straight hits in three straight plate appearances when he hit a two-out triple in the sixth. Rollins reached base in all five trips to the plate.
"He was patient," Manuel said. "He got some fastballs and had short, quick swings (and) he went the other way good."
Along with finding hit hitting stroke, Rollins also may have validated the controversial comments that landed him in hot water two weeks ago.
Booed with more venom with each passing plate appearance without a hit on the current, seven-game homestand, Rollins' RBI single -- and his ensuing extra base hits -- were greeted with a resounding applause from the 40,873 paid customers in South Philly Monday night. It was only 12 days earlier that Rollins made his famous "frontrunners" comment when asked about Phillies fans on television while the team was in Los Angeles.
"The fans have always liked Rollins," Manuel said, smiling. "You win, they'll forgive."
All is well in Philliesland. When Rollins made those controversial remarks, the Phils were in the midst of being swept in four games at Dodger Stadium.
The Phils returned the favor Tuesday, sweeping the Dodgers in four games in Philadelphia for the first time in franchise history. The Phils last swept the Dodgers in a four-game series 23 years ago, in September of 1985 at Dodger Stadium.
They've also won seven of their last eight.
While the Phils earned payback against one of the top teams from the West, they failed to gain ground on their chief East rival Monday. The National League East-leading Mets rolled to a 9-1 victory over the Houston Astros to maintain their ˆ½ game lead.
But the two divisional foes will meet today and Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park with the top spot in the standings on the line.