The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night
"They took it to us. They beat us. They hit well, their pitcher did a good job. ... We got beat bad."
-- Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel on his team getting throttled in Atlanta
The Braves pummeled Phillies ace Cole Hamels to record a lopsided victory. Hamels gave up seven runs on nine hits over four innings making it the second straight start that the talented left-hander lasted less than five innings. Jair Jurrjens was stellar for Atlanta, however, allowing one run on one hit over seven innings to pick up the win. Despite giving up his lone run in the fourth, Jurrjens carried a no-hitter into the seventh as a walk, an error and a sacrifice fly added up to Philadelphia's only run. The Braves have now won three straight for the first time since the beginning of June.
The Nationals continue to find different ways to shoot themselves in the foot. After knocking out Marlins starter Josh Johnson in the fourth inning, the Nats took a 3-2 lead in the seventh. The lead was short lived as newly-acquired reliever Sean Burnett gave up a home run to the first batter he faced to tie the score. The following inning, Washington reliever Julian Tavarez made a horrendous throw to first that could've started a double play but instead eventually led to two runs for Florida. The Nats remain winless against the Marlins this year and have only won three games against the division foe in the past season and-a-half.
The Cardinals opened and closed Wednesday's game. St. Louis scored in the first inning then couldn't find its way back on the scoreboard until Colby Rasmus hit a walk-off solo home run in the 10th inning. Rasmus was the first batter of the inning and would have been out had it not been for an error by Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval. The miscue gave Rasmus a second chance that he would not squander. Adam Wainwright pitched nine innings for the Cardinals but still got a no-decision while Matt Cain allowed one run over seven innings to share the same fate as Wainwright.
Ryan Church's single to center in the Mets' half of the sixth inning scored Luis Castillo to provide the game's only offense. The win ended New York's five-game winning streak but the team had to weather a 12-strikeout performance from Milwaukee pitcher Yovani Gallardo. Gallardo's 12 strikeouts are a new career-high but the young Brewers pitcher has struck out at least six in all but three of his 16 starts this season. New York's victory was one of three one-run games played in the National League yesterday.
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