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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night:

"That's one I know he'll always remember - tie ballgame, bases loaded. It won the game for us."

-- San Francisco Manager Bruce Bochy on a huge hit by his team's backup catcher, Eli Whiteside, whose grand slam set the stage for the Giants' victory over the Astros.

Nationals 5, Marlins 4
Four in a row? Really? Four straight? This is all an elaborate ruse, right? Evidently it's not. According to sources at Nationals Park, Washington really did win its fourth straight game last night, using another blast from Adam Dunn and yet another strong start from John Lannan to send the Marlins sinking back down the NL East standings. Never mind the fact that the Marlins had won 23 of 26 games against the Nats heading into last night. No matter. These Nats aren't your Nats from May, these guys want to prove they're nowhere near the worst team of all-time. Now they just have to hope they don't work their way out of being the worst team in the league this year ...

Phillies 7, Rockies 0
See, all the Phillies needed to get back on track was a stone cold shutout from emerging starter J.A. Happ. Now that Happ knows he's not headed to another team (unlike the entire period heading up to the trade deadline), the youngster is helping establish the tone in Philly, where the reigning world champs were on a big time slide. Happ tossed a four-hitter against one of baseball's hottest teams, and one-upped his own expectations by going the distance, helping to save Philadelphia's beleaguered bullpen for a night. Now, if the Phillies can start getting similar performances from expected ace Cole Hamels and the newly acquired Cliff Lee, the NL East leaders will really be cooking.

Mets 9, Cardinals 0
There's good news and bad news for Mets fans: The good news? New York's NL representatives beat a talented team. The bad news? They lost yet another key contributor in the process. Rookie starting pitcher Jonathan Niese had his season end in one of the more painful ways possible, failling prey to an in-game torn hamstring while trying to cover first base in the second inning. That set the stage for reliever Nelson Figueroa to earn his first win of the season, thanks to some serious run support from the Mets' traditionally anemic lineup. How did they pull that off? Partly due to the continued collapse of St. Louis starter Kyle Lohse, who lost for the seventh time in his last 11 starts, allowing five runs in fewer than three complete innings worked. That's probably not going to help St. Louis eke its way into the playoffs. Not at all.

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By Cameron Smith  |  August 6, 2009; 7:50 AM ET
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