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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night:

"I was watching the game here, there, everywhere. I got a good workout today. It was an intense game, an important game and a lot happened. ... I was worried about running out of managers today."

-- San Francisco Manager Bruce Bochy, on what he did after being ejected in the second inning of the Giants' victory over the Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon.

Braves 6, Nationals 2
Maybe it was just the teams they were routing? Whatever it was, the Nats seem to have come back to earth on the road, with the hard-charging Braves rolling past Washington behind a strong start from Derek Lowe, who went seven innings while allowing just seven hits and two runs. That's a pretty good sinkerballer line for you. In another strange twist, Wednesday also marked the second straight loss when the Nationals jumped out to a 1-0 lead, only to watch the team's starter -- Wednesday it was Craig Stammen -- let the Braves back into the game, and then watch the bullpen collapse, as it has so often this year. Then again, two home runs from Atlanta homecoming king Adam LaRoche didn't help Washington's cause, either. Maybe Thursday is the day a streak starts again?

Giants 4, Dodgers 2

Need to stop a skid, San Francisco? That's easy, just call in Tim Lincecum. That's precisely what the Giants did on Wednesday afternoon, and the plan worked to perfection, with the young San Fran ace pitching into the ninth, where he nearly got a complete-game win before Rafael Furcal was driven in with the Giants on the verge of a victory. Instead, San Francisco took the win an inning later, avoiding a sweep at the hands of its archrival with a Juan Uribe walkoff home run. Now, if only the Giants could clone Lincecum and pitch him every night ...

Mets 6, Diamondbacks 4
The Mets may not be headed to the playoffs, but they are getting closer to figuring out a way forward. Center fielder Cory Sullivan, a former Rockies outcast, made a case to stick around with two convincing triples, helping New York avoid a three-game sweep in Arizona on Wednesday afternoon. David Wright also delivered three hits for the Mets, who won in an Oliver Perez start, despite the fact that Perez didn't get the win (he lasted 5 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and six walks but somehow only a single run). That's precisely what the Mets had in mind when they resigned the Mexican star, though the two hits given up by Francisco Rodriguez probably isn't what they had in mind. That's ok, the save definitely was.

See All of Wednesday's Results

By Cameron Smith  |  August 13, 2009; 7:50 AM ET
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