The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"Wow! It's been that long. It's definitely nice. We haven't won that many games."
-- San Diego closer Heath Bell on earning his first save in 10 days.
Nationals 8, Brewers 3
Maybe the Nationals need to give their players the impression that the trade deadline is always right around the corner. With a number of players potentially on the block -- nearly all reportedly drawing tepid response to Washington's demands for them -- the Nationals won their fourth straight, using home runs from lightning rod Nyjer Morgan, Adam Dunn and Cristian Guzman to roll past the reeling Brewers. Colin Balester earned the win for the Nats, who held the Brewers to two runs in six innings.
Marlins 4, Braves 3
The Braves were rolling along, looking unbeatable. Then they met the Marlins. Florida continued what could be a second half full of giant killings -- perhaps making them the giants themselves? -- by knocking off Atlanta in the ninth, using a pinch hit homer from Ross Gload. Rafael Soriano took the loss for the Braves, handing over a 3-2 lead, his second blown save for the Braves. That made an unlikely winner of Leo Nunez, who picked up in the ninth where Ricky Nolasco had left off after the first seven innings.
Mets 4, Rockies 0
While instability rages in the team's front office, the Mets are suddenly finding a way to win on the field. That just feels like New York, doesn't it? This time it was pitcher Mike Pelfrey who paved the way to New York's success, tossing seven scoreless innings to set the stage for a home shutout against Colorado. The win matched the Mets' longest winning streak since late May, and Pelfrey was just the man to push that edge: His seven scoreless innings pushed his scoreless innings streak against the Rockies to 20, working out of bases loaded situations in both the fourth and sixth innings.
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