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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night:

"It's big. We knew this week was big coming up for us. We know we've got the Dodgers coming up. We had to take at least two of three from here. It's a plus we took all of them."

-- Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco, on Florida's victory over San Diego during the team's key West coast road swing.

Nationals 3, Mets 1

Two in a row? The Nats won two in a row? Are we sure? Can someone double check this? Evidently it happened, backed by a strong start from young starter Craig Stammen, who went 7 1/3 innings, allowing only four hits, en route to the team's first winning streak under new manager Jim Riggleman. Then again, maybe the winning streak has as much to do with playing the reeling Mets as playing better ... though it's pretty hard to argue with the kind of outings John Lannan and Craig Stammen delivered, isn't it?

Cubs 10, Phillies 5
Eventually it had to come to an end. As good as the Phillies have played -- and they really have been nearly perfect the past week -- a double-digit winning streak is bound to come to an end eventually. With a team like the Cubs in town, it's almost fitting that the end would come sooner rather than later. After all, before the Cubs landed in Philadelphia, they seemed to be back on track in the NL Central. It took every game of their series with the Phillies to notch another win. Carlos Zambrano came through for his seventh win of the season, despite allowing five runs (four earned) in 6 2/3 innings. Luckily for Zambrano, Angel Guzman and Kevin Gregg combined for 2 1/3 clutch shutout innings against Philadelphia's loaded offense to seal the win, helping the Cubs keep pace in the wide open Central.

Dodgers 6, Reds 2
So much for that hurt hand. A day after being hit by a pitch at the plate, Manny Ramirez came off the bench to deliver a decisive, pinch-hit grand slam in L.A.'s win over Cincinnati. Andre Ethier also went deep for the Dodgers, hitting his 20th homer of the season on an offering from Bronson Arroyo. The offense set up Chad Billingsley's 10th win of the season, helping the Dodgers push their sizable edge in the NL West.

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By Cameron Smith  |  July 23, 2009; 7:50 AM ET
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