The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night
"You don't need to be an expert in math to know that walks plus errors equals runs."
-- Nationals Manager Manny Acta whose team had four errors, two walks and two wild pitches in a rain-shortened game
The Nationals blew a four-run lead behind bad fielding and bad pitching as the Marlins rallied to take a lead before the heavens opened and ended the game in the seventh inning. Florida tallied four unearned runs as Washington committed four errors, including three from third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (two on the same play). The Nats took an early 5-1 lead and chased Marlins starter Sean West in the fifth. Starting pitcher Craig Stammen pitched five solid innings then ran into trouble in the sixth and finished by allowing four runs (three earned) over 5 1/3 innings.
Atlanta second baseman Martin Prado capped a 4-for-5 day by driving in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning. Prado also tallied four RBI to lead the Braves past the Phillies to hand Philadelphia its 10th loss in its last 13 games. Atlanta starter Derek Lowe managed to give up fewer than three runs for the first time since June 3 but still got a no-decision, Lowe finished the month 1-3 in six starts.
Colorado's Jason Marquis pitched a complete game shutout and allowed just two hits and no walks to pick up his National League-leading 10th victory. Marquis needed only 86 pitches to pull off his third career shutout and sixth complete game. Marquis also delivered at the plate, going 1 for 3 with two RBI. For the Dodgers, it was just their second loss of the season to Colorado, having compiled a 9-2 record against the surging Rockies.
Milwaukee Brewers 6, New York Mets 3
The Mets dropped their season-high fifth in a row as a four-run fourth inning powered the Brewers to the win. Ryan Braun was the catalyst for Milwaukee's big inning, hitting a three-run double before scoring on a Johan Santana throwing error. The Brewers pounded Santana for six runs in six innings as Braun, along with right fielder Corey Hart, tallied three hits.
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