The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"I can hardly remember the last time we won a game. When you're losing like that, it leaves a sour taste in your mouth. You can't sleep, and you don't want to eat. You lose your appetite. I'm eating something tonight."
-- Reds Manager Dusty Baker, on his team's win over the Padres, which broke a long losing streak.
Nationals 14, Brewers 6
Josh Willingham beat the Brewers last night, singlehandedly. In a stark departure from everything we've come to know about this year's Natinals, Willingham came through not once, but twice with grand slam bombs, lifting Washington to a rout in Milwaukee. In what may have been a late audition for a deadline-day trade (Willingham and Adam Dunn -- who showed rare defensive prowess in stealing an out in foul territory last night -- have reportedly been scouted by at least one contender apiece), the Nationals outfielder was unstoppable, backing Craig Stammen, who struggled through 4 2/3 innings before being replaced by Jason Bergmann, who earned the win despite allowing a run in 1 1/3 inning of relief.
Mets 7, Rockies 3
The Mets may not have a vice president of player development anymore -- Tony Bernazard was axed on Monday -- but they suddenly seem to remember that they have some bats somewhere in the clubhouse. After spotting the Rockies a 2-0 and 3-1 lead, New York rallied behind two runs in the sixth before an eighth-inning grand slam from Fernando Tatis lifted the Mets to a win. Pedro Feliciano earned the win for the Mets, in relief of Oliver Perez, who had about as good an outing as the Mets can ever hope to get from Oliver Perez (5 innings pitched, 3 runs).
Cardinals 6, Dodgers 1
For St. Louis the lesson, as always remains the same: When in doubt, turn to Chris Carpenter. Coming off a skid that handed the NL Central lead to the Cubs, the Cards bounced back behind Carpenter, who got big outs to wriggle around nine hits and limit L.A.'s power-packed offense to a single run in a huge intra-divisional showdown on Monday night. New acquisition Matt Holliday continued his boiling hot streak since re-joining the NL, finishing 1 for 3 with an RBI to raise his average in St. Louis to a gaudy .571.
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