The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"You know what, this wasn't our game plan going in, because they've pretty much had a sturdy bullpen all year."
-- Pirates infielder Andy LaRoche on his team's five eighth inning runs to top the Mets.
Pirates 8, Mets 5
LaRoche brothers > Mets. That's the lesson we learned on Monday night, when the Pirates rallied for five runs in the eighth off the usually stout New York bullpen to rally past the Mets at home. The rally sent New York set-up man J.J. Putz to his fourth loss of the season, thanks to Andy LaRoche's three RBI and his brother, Adam's three hits.
Marlins 7, Brewers 4
Who needs a whole lineup when you've got Hanley Ramirez? The Marlins' all-everything shortstop had three hits, including a key RBI in Florida's five-run sixth inning, as the Brewers collapsed in Miami after a strong weekend series. Jorge Cantu also had a pair of hits for the Marlins, who got a win for Cristhian Martinez after getting starter Andrew Miller off the hook for the four runs he allowed in fewer than five innings.
Astros 4, Rockies 1
Colorado: Good for what ails you. Sure, it may not be the greatest tourism slogan, but it's pretty much a perennial status-update for the Facebook profile of any team hosting the Coors Field natives this season. Houston is the latest squad to enjoy that treatment, and the Astros are no different, using a Carlos Lee two-run homer and a dominant performance from ace Roy Oswalt to edge the Rockies. Oswalt had a season-high eight strikeouts while trade rumors continue to swirl around his time in Houston, though reports out of Houston claimed he would veto any deal to the Chicago White Sox with his personal no trade clause.
Reds 5, Cardinals 3
The Reds got some scary news early, but they rallied to win nonetheless. Edinson Volquez left his first start since coming off the disabled list for Cincinnati with reported numbness in his pinky and ring finger, but the Reds bullpen shut down St. Louis's potent lineup to give Cincinnati's offense time to respond. It did that in the form of a three-run fourth and tacked on the game-winner in the fifth off Todd Wellemeyer, dropping the Cardinals starter to .500 after the loss.
Phillies 5, Padres 3
With the Mets losing earlier in the evening, the Phillies had a chance to make up valuable ground out West. They got it done with back-to-back homers from Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, helping Philadelphia get past Adrian Gonzalez's major league leading 21st home run. The Phillies homers made a winner out of Joe Blanton, who won his third straight start, striking out five while walking only one.
Diamondbacks 3, Dodgers 2
Hey, even the hottest team in baseball loses occasionally. Arizona took care of the L.A. buzzsaw on Monday with a healthy dose of pitcher Billy Buckner (who improved to 2-1) and spectacular defense from third baseman Mark Reynolds. Add to that a first save from Tony Pena, and Arizona earned a truly needed win at home. Hey, everyone needs to break out of a funk sometimes, right?
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