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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night:

"It's a little weird, a little different."

-- Cubs starter Kevin Hart on being traded to the Pirates, a fate he learned of immediately after earning a third and final victory for Chicago.

Brewers 7, Nationals 3
OK, all you Nats fans begging for more passion, there's your manager's ejection. It's just that Riggleman seemed to exude a ton of passion in getting tossed. Perhaps apropos for such a bouncing, the Nats didn't explode the way he may have wanted, collapsing on the side of the road in a 7-3 loss to close out a Milwaukee visit. Yet despite that setback, the result of J.D. Martin allowing five runs in six innings, Riggleman could still take this positive assessment of his team's trip to Wisconsin: "We're playing good baseball." Hey, 30 runs for, 23 against, no errors? Maybe he's right. What do you think?

Mets 7, Rockies 0
Could the Mets be waking up just in time to salvage a run at the postseason? It's starting to look like they are. And if ever there was a pitcher perfectly suited to keep that momentum going, it's Johan Santana, who tossed seven shutout innings en route to New York's blanking of Colorado, which seems to be trending in exactly the opposite direction as New York. Then again, that's the way Colorado started the season before erupting on a tear, and there's no reason to think they won't go off and do that again. See, that's exactly what happened in Game 2, where Colorado beat New York, 4-2. Not sure if that's foreshadowing or not.

Braves 6, Marlins 3
It took an extra inning, but Atlanta finally got the win it needed so badly. Brian McCann connected for a three-run homer in the 10th -- all part of a monster, 3 for 5 day -- to lift Atlanta past the Marlins and back into the dark horse driver's seat in the NL East. Peter Moylan earned the win in relief for the Braves, but he got there thanks to another solid start from Javier Vazquez, who gave up three runs in 7 1/3 innings.

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By Cameron Smith  |  July 31, 2009; 7:50 AM ET
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