The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night
"Sometimes that's all it takes, just a little kick in the butt to get guys going."
-- Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds whose rant after a loss Friday night has been followed by two Arizona wins
Mark Reynolds hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning to help the Diamondbacks rally past the Rockies for the second straight game. With two consecutive victories over Colorado, Arizona won its first series since mid-June. Oddly enough, the Diamondbacks have not won a series at home yet this season. Though not his usual dominant self, Arizona ace Dan Haren picked up the win, his fourth in his past five starts.
Scott Olsen pitched 8 2/3 innings and recorded two hits to power the Nationals past the Braves for the team's second series victory over their division foe. Olsen also tallied an RBI while recently acquired outfielder Nyjer Morgan went 3 for 5 with a run, an RBI and a stolen base for the Nats. Washington ushered Atlanta starter Derek Lowe out of the game in the sixth inning as Lowe was pulled after giving up four runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings of work.
James Loney's solo home run in the top of the 13th inning pushed the Dodgers past the Padres on Sunday. Los Angeles appeared to have the game locked up in the ninth inning but closer Jonathan Broxton couldn't make a 6-1 lead stand as San Diego knocked in five runs in the inning to force extras. Broxton was done in by some wildness as he walked three batters in his one inning of work. Dodgers starting pitcher Chad Billingsley had carried a two-hitter into the ninth before running in to trouble and handing the game over to Broxton. Billingsley also hit his first career home run, hitting a solo shot in the fifth inning against San Diego starter Josh Banks.
New York pitcher Johan Santana looked more like his old self but still it wasn't enough as he was outdueled by Philadelphia's Joe Blanton. Santana went seven innings and allowed just two runs on three hits. Blanton, however, pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings for his fifth win of the season. Both of the Phillies' runs came on solo homers as Jimmy Rollins went deep to lead off the game while Chase Utley delivered his shot in the sixth inning. With the win, Philadelphia pulled off a sweep at home, just the team's second such sweep of the season.
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