Brett Myers pitched one of his best games of the season Sunday.
As the Philadelphia Phillies try to remain a factor in the National League playoff hunt, they hope he can repeat the performance.
Myers will try to win his third consecutive start when the Phillies open a three-game series with the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park.
The 23-year-old right-hander has allowed just one earned run over 14 innings in his last two starts. Before those two outings, he was 0-5 with an 8.50 ERA in his previous seven starts.
Myers showed no signs of those struggles in a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. He allowed just two hits over eight scoreless innings while striking out a season-high nine.
“I didn’t feel good in the ‘pen at all. But they always say the game doesn’t start in the ‘pen, it starts out on that mound with the first pitch you throw,” Myers said.
“Everything felt good coming out of my hand today, and I wasn’t holding anything back. I was just trying to throw it as hard as I could on every pitch and I was locating my fastball pretty good.”
The Phillies, who trail the Chicago Cubs by 3 1/2 games in the NL wild-card race, have lost three of their last four. After pounding the Colorado Rockies 15-4 on Wednesday, Philadelphia failed to muster much offense in a 3-1 loss Thursday.
“We didn’t do anything on offense tonight,” Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. “It doesn’t matter who you lose to when you lose three out of four.”
The Giants, who are two games behind the Cubs in the wild-card race, had lost three of four before topping the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-0 on Thursday.
Barry Bonds had an RBI double in the first inning, tying Frank Robinson for 14th on the all-time list with 1,812 career RBIs.