The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"There's not a park in the big leagues that can hold him when he gets a hold of one"
-- Arizona Manager A.J. Hinch on slugger Mark Reynolds, who blasted another ridiculously deep home run during the Diamondbacks' win over the Mets at Citi Field.
Nationals 8, Pirates 4
How do you beat a fellow bottom dwelling opponent when you have a pitcher like Garrett Mock taking the start? In theory, it's easy, you just score a lot of runs. Luckily, against a team like the Pirates, the Nats can actually pull off such a feat, as they did Monday night by racking up eight on the Buccos thanks to two RBI from both Cristian Guzman and Ryan Zimmerman ... and another three on a bomb from Adam Dunn. The last in particular had a significant day, with his 27th home run proving just how productive he's been, even on a horrendous team.
Cubs 4, Reds 2
Randy Wells may be a rookie, but that isn't keeping the right-hander from emerging as a full-fledged phenom. The Cubs starter won his fourth straight, improving to 8-4 by rolling past Aaron Harang and the Reds, lifting Chicago back into the NL Central division lead in front of the idle Cardinals. The Cubs improved to 20-10 since the All-Star break, showing the promise that had so many picking Chicago as the eventual NL champion before the season. Mike Fontenot's three-run homer in the third inning proved to be the game winner, proving that the Cubs are starting to produce runs with the diversity that they did last year, a scary thought for their NL Central and Wild Card rivals.
Astros 4, Giants 3
Matt Cain may be a closet Cy Young contender in the NL, but the Astros proved that even a retread like Mike Hampton can beat one of the league's best on a given day. Houston weather San Francisco, then rallied back to beat Cain with a eighth inning run in a 4-3 victory at Minute Maid Park, keeping the Astros in the thick of the NL Central and Wild Card races. Hampton pitched six innings to earn his seventh win of the season, allowing just a single run in six innings, proving once again that if San Francisco is sitting home during the playoffs, it's offense will be the prime suspect for killing off its season.
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