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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night:

"There's not a baseball player that's not superstitious. And if they tell you they're not, they're lying."

-- Dodgers pitcher Randy Wolf, speaking for crazy baseball players everywhere

Nationals 11-4, Astros 10-9
Officially, the Nationals went 1-1 yesterday, earning a win for a pitcher who no longer is on the roster in the process. Unofficially, they got lucky, picking their spots to win a game that stretched across more than 65 days in 11 innings ... earning a first win for the now-departed Joel Hanrahan. Then things got back to normal, with the Nats getting blown out of the water in the nightcap, thanks to a nine-run outburst by the Astros off Washington pitching, many off starter John Lannan, who lost a 4-0 lead ... and eventually the game.

Phillies 9, Reds 6

The Phillies celebrates Shane Victorino's vote-in selection to the All-Star Game in style, bashing out another win over Cincinnati on the back of homers by Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Victorino himself. Ok, we lied, Victorino didn't really homer. But wouldn't that have been a great story if he did? Jamie Moyer was happy enough with the story that did get authored by Philadelphia, which put up enough offense for the seemingly eternal starter to win his eighth game of the season, despite giving up eight hits and six runs in just five innings. Hey, sometimes you don't need a quality start to get a win, huh?

Rockies 7, Braves 6
Don't look now, but the Rockies keep on surging back into Wild Card contention. Once seemingly dead and buried, Colorado pulled out yet another scrappy win after finishing off a sweep of the Nats, this time using a pinch-hit, two-run double from Garret Atkins to push past Atlanta. Closer Houston Street earned his 22 save of the season, despite watching Atlanta score a run in the bottom of the ninth. They're not perfect, but Colorado is starting to show a knack for winning these close games late, and that has to scare some other teams.

Dodgers 11, Mets 2
So much for a close game with a miraculous play resurrecting the Mets' season. A day after New York pulled out one of its scrappiest victories of the season, the Mets found themselves thoroughly trounced by an L.A. team that clearly is the class of the National League early in the season. Manny Ramirez hit two separate RBI singles off woeful Mets starter Livan Hernandez, and the Dodgers rolled early in another blowout, taking the series from the Mets. Only New York (the team, not the city) knows how long it can keep any semblance of faith before this deeply injury torn team starts to throw in the towel. It's almost starting to feel like it could come any day now ...

See All of Thursday's Results

By Cameron Smith  |  July 10, 2009; 7:50 AM ET
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