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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night:

"It was a lot of fun. It took a while to get my release point going, but once I got in the groove a little bit, everything came together."

-- Atlanta rookie pitcher Tommy Hanson, who remained unbeaten with a rout of the Giants.

Mets 6, Nationals 2
Spoiler alert! The Nats lost. Bet you didn't see that coming, huh? Well, there was something different about this Washington loss, with rookie pitcher J.D. Martin taking the "L" after allowing seven hits by the Mets' first 12 batters. The AAA stud lasted a rocky four innings, by which point the Mets had already scored five runs coasted their way to a much-needed surefire win. And as Nats fans know all too well, anytime Livan Hernandez looks masterful, that's a pretty sure sign the opposing offense isn't firing on all cylinders, either.

Phillies 10, Cubs 1
Don't look now, but Philadelphia looks pretty stinking dominant. So dominant, in fact, that one might wonder why they would even want to mortgage their farm system to get Roy Halladay. Sure, the Toronto ace would add something, but when the team's offense is off scoring 10 runs a game, against a solid starter like Ted Lilly at that, a lot of things are going right. Both Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz were 2 for 4 with 2 runs apiece, all of which underscores just how deep Philadelphia's lineup has become. Anyone want a piece of the Phillies any time soon? Didn't think so.

Rockies 10, Diamondbacks 6
OK, we admit it: I've got a thing for the Rockies. I don't know precisely what it is; the incongruousness of baseball with mountains in the background, the youthful exuberance of a team that really doesn't know how good it is one night to the next, the flair that seems reminiscent of 2007. Heck, maybe it's just Troy Tulowitzki. That guy's pretty good. Whatever the reason, we're glued on the Rockies' results almost every night, largely because for the most part, they've been pretty stinking good ones. Last night was no exception, with Jorge De La Rosa winning his fifth straight start by pitching into the seventh inning against the Diamondbacks, who had no answer for Colorado's explosive offense at Coors Field. Center fielder Dexter Fowler was Colorado's catalyst on Monday, scoring two runs while going 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. That's a pretty good way to set your team's table.

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By Cameron Smith  |  July 21, 2009; 7:50 AM ET
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