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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night:

"Nobody's giving up. We're playing hard, and we're having a good road trip so far."

-- Arizona first baseman Mark Reynolds on the team's sudden winning surge while far out of NL West and wild card contention.

Nationals 12, Marlins 8
A sweep? Now this is really get ahead of itself. The Nats have suddenly morphed from pathetic also-rans to a team worthy of legitimate fear. The latest proof came Thursday afternoon, with Washington finishing off an unlikely sweep of the Marlins in one of the most unlikely of fashions: A six-run rally. You want pitching? Relievers Logan Kensing and Jason Bergmann were outstanding. You want offense? Elijah Dukes had four RBI. Suddenly, the Nats are .500 under manager Jim Riggleman, a surprising scenario at the All-Star Break that has started looking more and more realistic. Could the Nats be this good? Do you want to be the one to say they won't win tonight?

Diamondbacks 11, Pirates 6
For two teams that are going nowhere, Arizona and Pittsburgh finished off a surprisingly competitive series. The Diamondbacks escaped with Game 3, winning in the 12th in a pretty bizarre scenario that included a pinch hit sacrifice fly by starting pitcher Dan Haren. Two thirds of Arizona's young outfield -- right fielder Alex Romero and center fielder Gerardo Parra -- both had four hits to help launch Arizona to extra innings in the first place. It's precisely the kind of offensive explosion that makes one wonder what the Diamondbacks could have pulled off if they'd hit like this all year.

Phillies 3, Rockies 1
In the end, even the hot Rockies couldn't get past Philadelphia twice in three games. Cliff Lee won his first home start with a P on his hat, and Paul Bako (yes, that Paul Bako) drilled the game-winning homer in Philadelphia's latest claim to be snap out of a post All-Star Game swoon. Aaron Cook took the loss for Colorado, giving up all three runs in five innings. Making things worse, Cook may be gone for awhile, leaving the game with a strained right toe. That won't help keep Colorado in the Wild Card race, and neither will one run outings, though Lee certainly deserves a lot of credit for that.

See All of Thursday's Results

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