The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"This is the inning. I feel it. I usually don't say stuff like that."
-- Florida's Cody Ross to Dan Uggla -- who delivered a game-winning RBI -- before the bottom of the 11th inning during the Marlins' victory over Houston on Tuesday.
Braves 8, Nationals 1
All good things must come to an end, even a huge Nationals win streak. The odd thing about the end of Washington's stretch run was how it ended: With John Lannan on the mound and Washington's previously blazing offense unable to produce anything at all. The Braves got more than enough sterling pitching from rookie Tommy Hanson -- 6 2/3 innings, 7 hits and 1 earned run -- to overcome the lone run he allowed in the first inning, and eventually the entire game. Will the single loss derail all of Washington's momentum? Stay tuned to find out! After all, we know the radio signal isn't strong enough to hear on the entire ride home ...
Phillies 4, Cubs 3
Another day, another dispiriting loss for the Cubs, who blew a chance to pick up a game on the Cardinals, who fell at the hands of the Reds. Chicago starter Rich Harden looked at his dominant best, allowing two runs on two hits in seven innings. Unfortunately for Chicago that wasn't enough, with Carlos Marmol letting in the tying run for the Phillies during a disastrous outing in which he allowed three walks. All of that set the stage for closer Kevin Gregg to take another loss, the winning blow coming off the bat of new Phillies addition Ben Francisco in the 12th.
Dodgers 9, Giants 1
Everything is coming back together for Los Angeles, at precisely the time that things are finally collapsing on the offensively challenged Giants. The Dodgers racked up an amazing nine runs off Joe Martinez, whose ERA pushed all the way up during the loss, in which Matt Kemp and Manny Ramirez went deep. Randy Wolf put together another strong outing for the Dodgers, allowing a single run across eight innings to improve his ERA to just 3.43, all while finally evening his record at 6-6.
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