A shutout on Friday night. Back-to-back home runs on the way to nine runs Saturday. A late-game rally to break open a close game Sunday.

Maybe the Phillies are starting to put something together.

“We’re playing sounder baseball, better baseball,” manager Charlie Manuel said late Sunday afternoon, after his inconsistent club showed three days worth of consistency in completing a sweep of the New York Mets with a 5-1 win at Citi Field (see Instant Replay).

The three wins left the Phillies at 12-14 heading into Monday’s off day.

If chins were scraping the ground when the Phils headed to New York on Thursday after losing three straight to the Pirates, they were noticeably higher when the team headed out the clubhouse door Sunday en route to its off day in Cleveland.

“The season can be a roller-coaster ride,” said Laynce Nix, a key contributor in Sunday’s win. “It was great to get this win. The thing we know is we can turn it around pretty quick and we will.”

Ryan Howard had the game’s big hit, a two-run, pinch-hit double to break a 1-1 tie with two outs in the top of the seventh.

But the hits that preceded Howard’s shot were just as important.