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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night:

"Yeah, it's the separator. They play good defense, we don't, and we lose."

-- Nationals catcher Josh Bard creates his own "Bush-ism" to explain why teams keep beating Washington.

Phillies 4, Nationals 2
First Jamie Moyer. Then Randy Johnson? It could happen. Moyer came through on the first half of what could be a historic duo of achievements for veteran pitchers against the Nats this week, topping Washington to capture his 250th career win. As has been the story all season, bizarre errors helped doom the Nats when they were fighting with a team that has far superior talent and experience, but then again, you knew that already, didn't you? Maybe a hot infusion of new talent would help?

Mets 3, Marlins 2

A day after New York positively mailed in a loss to Florida -- at home -- the Mets used an impressive, scoreless outing from John Maine and an equally dominant ninth inning performance from Francisco Rodriguez to eke out a win over the Marlins. The win pushed New York to 5-1 on its most recent homestand and 19-9 in May, helping the team move firmly beyond the doldrums it experienced in April. Now, if the Mets can just stay healthy ...

Astros 2, Pirates 1
It wasn't that the Astros and Pirates played to a 2-1 scoreline that felt a bit odd, it was that they played to a 2-1 scoreline in a game pitched by Mike Hampton and Paul Maholm. There's no way you would have drawn that score on the blackboard before the game. OK, well, given both team's offensive quandries, maybe you would have. And that would have been prescient, particularly considering the combined 1 for 6 that Jack Wilson and Freddy Sanchez put up.

Brewers 5, Reds 2
And just like that, all the goodwill and momentum Cincinnati had built up at home was gone. Considering the fact that the Reds starters have been surprisingly effective at Great American Ballpark, you'd think they'd be even better in larger stadiums on the road. Instead, they tend to give up more hits, with the most recent proof coming in Milwaukee on Sunday, when the Brewers completed a sweep by putting up five quick runs on Micah Owings who, for once, didn't help get any of those runs back.He did have a hit to keep his average at .300, however, so he has that going for him.

Padres 5, Rockies 2
Adrian Gonzalez has 20 home runs? Sure, he's been hot, but it's hard not to feel like that number snuck up on us. Sure, the Padres first baseman has been a one-man RBI machine for San Diego early, but 20 homers? Granted, for Gonzalez to hit that 20th homer in the ultimate bandbox may cheapen the statistic a little bit (1/20th, perhaps?) but it hardly invalidates the stunning numbers he's putting up early. If you own him in fantasy and have another decent first baseman, now might be the time to sell high ...

Giants 5, Cardinals 3
If you had May 31st in your office pool for "Rich Auralia's first homer of the season," congratulations, you're the big winner. Because of that seventh-inning blast on Sunday, the Giants were the big winners, edging out the Cards, 5-3, behind incredible relief work after Jonathan Sanchez lasted just 4 1/3 innings (while giving up all three of St. Louis's runs). As for our man Mr. Burriss, he moved up to .271 with a 1 for 3 performance.

Braves 9, Diamondbacks 3
In his first couple of big league starts, Atlanta rookie Kris Medlen struggled with control, overthrowing, and just about everything else. On Sunday, he got locked in, lasting six innings while allowing just four hits and one runs against the Diamondbacks. That was better than fellow youngster Max Scherzerer, who let in 10 hits and a whopping eight runs in just 3 1/3 innings of work. That's your "ouch!" moment of the night right there.

Dodgers 8, Cubs 2
That's how good L.A. is, folks. The Dodgers are cruising so dominantly that they can go into Wrigley Field, roll over the Cubs and still use their closer just to get him an inning of work in the ninth inning. All of the Dodgers' damage was levied against suddenly struggling (but incredibly well paid) starter Sean Marshall, who fell to 3-4 by giving up a crushing eight runs in just 4 1/3 innings. Move over Max Scherzerer, you've got some company on the "ouch!" couch coming ...

By Cameron Smith  |  June 1, 2009; 7:50 AM ET
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