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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night:

"Memphis is a nice place and all. But I like it a little better here."

-- Cardinals outfielder Nick Stavinoha, who intends on making the most of his stay in St. Louis.

Nationals 10, Giants 6
It was moving day over at Nationals Park. Not only did the Nationals finally axe pitching coach Randy St. Claire -- answering the questions and, in some cases, prayers of a host of Nationals Journal readers -- they also used a monster eighth inning rally of six runs to top the visiting Giants, earning a rare late-game win for Ron Villone at the cost of a potential win for Giants ace Tim Lincecum. Not a bad day in all, huh.

Pirates 3, Mets 1
So much for Santana being a sure thing. New York's ace was good enough to earn an eighth win -- three runs in six innings -- but he was outdueled on the road by Pittsburgh's resurgent former wunderkind starter, Zach Duke, who held New York to one run in seven innings in his sixth win.

Braves 6, Cubs 5

Chalk it up as another gut wrenching loss for a franchise that has known more than just about any other. An out away from a nice road win, the Cubs collapsed, giving up a two-run, game-tying homer before falling three runs later. If they're surprised that reliever Aaron Heilman took the loss, they should touch base with the Mets. They seem to have a few losses with Heilman's name printed on them.

Marlins 10, Brewers 3
Evidently, the Marlins are back on track. Both Cody Ross and still struggling Dan Uggla knocked out home runs -- Ross's was a grand slam -- helping drop the Brewers and starter Manny Parra, who left the game after four innings ... and 10 runs. How good was the Marlins offense on Tuesday? Hanley Ramirez went 3 for 4, again, and wasn't anywhere near the lead.

Astros 3, Rockies 2

Anyone surprised that the Rockies lost another heartbreaker? Yeah, didn't think so. This time Miguel Tejada delivered the crowning blow for Houston, homering in the 11th after driving in the tying run in the ninth. How good has Tejada been? Well, he entered the game as the NL's leading hitter despite batting on a relatively light hitting team, and he's doing it with power, knocking out six homers as part of his early season workout. Guess that whole steroids perjury case isn't weighing him down, huh?

Cardinals 5, Reds 2

Hey, Cincinnati's starting pitching can't keep winning forever. On Tuesday, Bronson Arroyo was the victim, giving up three of St. Louis' runs in only 5 1/3 innings, then sitting back and watching a Reds bullpen that, for a change, couldn't quite get him off the hook. That rough outing was balance by a brilliant stand-in start from Brad Thompson, who, like fellow young St. Louis hero Nick Stavinoha, made the most of the short trip (in distance and in all likelihood, time to be spent) from Memphis.

Dodgers 6, Diamondbacks 5

It's really hard to kill a hot team. Just ask the Diamondbacks. Two innings away from a huge win against their biggest division rivals on the road, Arizona let the Dodgers rattle off five runs, paving the way for a 6-5, stunning comeback win for L.A. That kept another win from (do we even have to say it?), yes, you guessed it, Dan Haren. The Arizona ace held the Dodgers to a single run across seven innings before sitting back in a primo seat for his teammates' stunning implosion.

By Cameron Smith  |  June 3, 2009; 7:50 AM ET
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Comments

"It was moving day over at Nationals Park. Not only did the Nationals finally axe pitching coach Randy St. Claire -- answering the questions and, in some cases, prayers of a host of Nationals Journal readers "

You obviously never read Nationals Journal. No one over there was calling for St. Claire's head. In fact, now that he's been dismissed most commenters on NJ are livid about it.

Manny Acta's head is the one they're after over at NJ.

Posted by: nunof1 | June 3, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

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