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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night:

"Nobody wants to ask me about Murphy's game-winning hit? You guys are really bad."

-- Mets Manager Jerry Manuel after fielding a series of questions about David Wright's injury on Saturday.

Nationals 5, Reds 4

Josh Willingham may never duplicate the success he's been rapping off this year, but if he does, the Nats' decision to hold on to the suddenly slugging outfielder at the trade deadline may go down right next to acquiring Nyjer Morgan as the best move of the year. Willingham bookended Washington's win on Sunday, giving the Nats an early lead on a two-run bomb, then scoring the game-winning run in the eighth inning thanks to truly heads up base running. Add to Willingham's success 3 1/3 innings of spotless relief by the renewed Nats bullpen, and the reasons Washington has rattled off three more wins in a row -- and 11 of 15 this month -- almost become self evident. Talk about a change. Now, if only they can land that Strasburg guy ...

Phillies 4, Braves 1

Anyone else notice that the Phillies seem to be completely impervious to pressure? Whenever another NL East team makes a charge on Philadelphia -- and it's often due to a lax stretch by the Phillies -- the Phitin' liberty bells go off and rattle off another decisive divisional blow. On Sunday night that blow was landed in Atlanta, where the Braves scrapped back in the fourth to tie the game, only to watch the Phillies pop up with three more in the sixth. Two of those offensive ourbursts came directly off the bat of Ryan Howard, who backed J.A. Happ to his ninth win of the year in the leftie's continued case to be baseball's best story. Howard and Happ made a hard luck loser out of Javier Vazquez, who dropped to 10-8 on the season despite allowing just four runs in seven innings to the explosive Phillies.

Mets 3, Giants 2
The Mets may have lost David Wright for the season -- his status for the rest of the season is in doubt after he was drilled in the head with a Matt Cain fastball on Saturday -- but they still did their part to ruin San Francisco's season on Sunday, getting a game-winning single from rookie Daniel Murphy in the ninth. That helped the Mets atone for a 10th inning loss on Saturday (closer Francisco Rodriguez's second loss this month) and earn some good news to send Wright's way. The All-Star third baseman was released from the hospital on Sunday, but there was no news about when he might re-join the Mets ... or if he'll re-join the team this season. Our advice? Stay away D-Wright. This season is sunk, you're worth more in the future.

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By Cameron Smith  |  August 17, 2009; 7:43 AM ET
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