Pitching Is Contagious; Phils Blank Dodgers 3-0

They say good pitching is contagious. If that's true, then the Phillies have caught a good case of the very desirable disease. Brett Myers followed up Kevin Millwood's no-hitter with seven strong innings Monday night to get the Phillies west coast trip started on the right foot with a 3-0 win over the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Monday night's game had an eery feeling to it. It was deja vu all over again as Yogi Berra would say. On Sunday, the Phillies got a first inning run and then watched as Kevin Millwood threw a no-hitter. Monday night, the boys from Philly got a first inning run and were watching as Brett Myers (2-2) put down the first six Dodgers hitters. Admit it, you were letting yourself dream just a little.

Jolbert Cabrera broke up the rather short-lived no-hit bid in the third with a leadoff single and that was quickly followed by a single from Cesar Izturis to put runners on first and second with no outs. Myers though quickly recovered and got out of the jam with no damage as the Phillies pitching staff continued to demand respect.

The Phillies had a 1-0 lead after their top of the first. Jimmy Rollins led off with a double and went to third on a Ricky Ledee groundball. Bobby Abreu walked and Pat Burrell hit into a fielder's choice that scored Rollins. Darren Dreifort (1-3) worked out of the jam, but the initial damage was done.

The Phillies did find a little more offense when Jim Thome hit his fourth homerun of the season in the fourth inning, giving the Phillies a 2-0 lead. Then, Mike Lieberthal and David Bell put up back-to-back doubles in the ninth to give the Phils a 3-0 cushion.

Myers went seven and two-thirds innings, allowing six hits and striking out four to lower his ERA to 2.20 on the season. Dan Plesac finished off the eighth inning and Jose Mesa recorded his sixth save of the season, although he did allow two hits in the ninth.

Phillies pitchers have now combined to throw eighteen consecutive shutout innings and have allowed just two runs in the last three games.

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