The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"I was waving him over there, I had the perfect angle of it."
-- Braves starter Derek Lowe, on his instructions to outfielder Nate McLouth, whose impressive catch helped save the Braves late in a deceptively one-sided Atlanta win.
Nationals 3, Padres 2
Two series in a row? Really? The Nats won two series in a row? Maybe there really is something to this Jim Riggleman guy. Then again, maybe wins are as simple as solid starting pitching -- John Lannan lasted eight innings while giving up only one run -- and clutch hitting when a guy is really overdue (Austin Kearns' first RBI of the month). Oh, and one more thing: A short memory (unsurprisingly, Mike MacDougal blew a save in the ninth to set up Kearns' heroics in the 10th).
Phillies 9, Cardinals 2
The Matt Holliday bounce wasn't going to last forever. Two days after adding the slugging outfielder, St. Louis found itself thoroughly outclassed by the defending World Champions, who just might be lining up a big move of their own. The Phillies did it behind four homers -- Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez and Jimmy Rollins all went deep on Sunday -- and Joe Blanton, who won his seventh game of the season to move into a tie for the team lead.
Marlins 8, Dodgers 6
The Dodgers hit a rock in the road on Sunday, and his name was Hanley Ramirez. Florida's All-Star short stop delivered 3 RBI to lift the Marlins past L.A. on the road, stopping the Dodgers' cruise-controlled path to the playoffs. The Marlins racked up all eight of their runs off Jason Schmidt, whose second start was significantly less succesful than his first outing, to the benefit of Florida starter Chris Volstad, who brought down his eighth win of the season.
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