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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night:

"It was a long time coming. I always had confidence. I just told myself, 'This is where I belonged, in the big leagues,' and I was going to do everything I could to get back here. Hopefully, I can stick around."

-- Dodgers starter Eric Milton on his first victory in nearly three years

Mets 6, Nationals 1
Sure, Adam Dunn notches the 1,000th hit of his career, but does that really lessen the impact of another loss for the Nats? Not really, particularly when a former ace, Livan Hernandez, was the guy shutting them out. In fact, the best news of the day may have been the designation of Daniel Cabrera, who clearly had that coming for a good two weeks now. At least.

Phillies 5, Marlins 3
That Joe Blanton acquisition is starting to look awful good right about now. The middle of the rotation Phillies starter struck out 11 to even his record at 3-3, albeit with a bloated 6.14 ERA. Add in a 4 for 5 night for Shane Victorino, and the Phillies were good to go.

Reds 6, Astros 4
This time it was Joey Votto's homer that provided the Cincinnati rally, with his two-run shot in the seventh providing the winning margin for the Reds' victory. And don't look now, but Cincinnati closer Francisco Cordero locked down his 13th save in 13 chances. That's not bad for a team pegged to finish in the middle of the NL Central pack, and it's definitely more than you can say for Roy Oswalt and the struggling Astros.

Cardinals 8, Brewers 1
A night after Chris Carpenter held a perfect game for most of eight innings in a ridiculous, 10-inning, 1-0 pitcher's duel, St. Louis blew out Milwaukee behind the surging Adam Wainwright and four homers, one from Wainwright himself. That couldn't have come soon enough for the Cards, who had lost four straight against divisional foes.

Cubs 6, Pirates 1
The Cubs were saved by the rain, even if that couldn't save them from a recent Mr. T serenade. Chicago rolled to a rain-shortened, 6-1 win in just five innings, another rough loss for Pittsburgh's Ian Snell. Of course, that doesn't mean that the Cubs wouldn't have ended up at the same place eventually, anyway, particularly with Sean Marshall tying a season high with six strikeouts before the game was called because of the weather.

Dodgers 7, Rockies 1
The Rockies just can not win, and the Dodgers just can't seem to lose. Even with a starter making his first appearance in nearly three years becaue of elongated injury concerns, the Dodgers still won, backing Eric Milton's five inning performance for his first win since 2006, with a three-run double by Casey Blake proving more than enough to back Milton on its own. The real question is when the real Rockies offense might show back up.

Diamondbacks 6, Padres 5
So much for that winning streak. Max Scherzerer and the Diamondbacks got the best of San Diego with their bats and Scherzerer's arm -- he pitched seven innings and struck out 10 while allowing only two runs -- to bounce blazing hot San Diego. The win improves Scherzerer's record to 2-3 while dropping his ERA down to a respectable 3.38 as the rookie shows more and more signs of settling into his major league role, which is more than you can say about the Arizona bullpen. Juan Gutierrez did about everything he could to blow Arizona's lead after entering in the eighth to bail out Esmerling Vasquez, who gave up two runs without recording an out. Ouch.

Giants 4, Braves 0
This San Francisco victory is brought to you by Tim Lincecum. Official motto: Lincecum: He's really, really stinking good. The young starter finally seems to have put lingering weakness from his spring training bronchitis behind him, throwing eight dominant innings against the Braves for a shutout victory that kept his career record in May perfect at 7-0. He tossed 122 pitches and even got himself a hit, pushing his batting average up to .150 in beating Atlanta rookie Ken Medlen, who fell to 0-2 with the loss.

By Cameron Smith  |  May 27, 2009; 7:50 AM ET
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Somewhat lost in team's great start and the Manny saga is the way Juan Pierre has played so far this season. His .393 average and a .465 on base percentage in the leadoff spot have helped set the table for the top offense in the NL, and Pierre's already driven in 18 runs in 109 at bats v.s. 28 in 375 at bats in 2007. Keeping up this torrid pace will likely be impossible for Pierre, but he's certainly done his part to keep the Dodgers on top in the NL West.

Posted by: VaNat | May 27, 2009 8:02 AM | Report abuse

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