The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"I think it helps when you go out there and get a five-run lead to take a deep breath."
-- Pittsburgh pitcher Kevin Hart, who earned a rare Pirates win thanks to three homers from his team's lineup.
Giants 10, Mets 1
Do not, repeat, do not, write off the Giants yet. Sure, the Dodgers may have a bow on the NL West, but San Francisco isn't about to cede the NL Wild Card to the Rockies, no matter how hot Colorado may be. A day after New York walked off with a "win one for the Wright-er" victory, the Giants smeared former Nat Livan Hernandez, who allowed six runs in 5 1/3 innings. By the time the game ended, San Francisco had a whopping 18 hits off New York pitching, the most for a San Francisco team since Sep. 2007. All of that gave Joe Martinez his third win of the season, who allowed just a single run in five innings. Not a bad way to bounce back, huh?
Braves 9, Diamondbacks 4
Coming off a tough series? Need a bit of the NL version of "hangover helper"? Well, if you can't line up the Nats or Pirates, Arizona can work in a pinch. Atlanta used that formula on Monday, racking up a whopping nine runs off Diamondbacks youngster Max Scherzerer, he of the two different colored irises. Meanwhile, Atlanta rookie Tommy Hanson looked like the real deal again, improving to 8-2 on the back of six innings of two-run baseball. Add him to Derek Lowe and Javier Vazquez and it's no wonder the Braves are still in the thick of the NL East race, is it?
Pirates 9, Brewers 5
Hey, even the Pirates have to win a game occasionally, right? Monday was one of those nights, with Pittsburgh racking up three homers, two of which came off Milwaukee starter Carlos Villanueva, who fell to 2-10 with his latest loss. The loss may have been a temporary setback to the Brewers' dwindling Wild Card hopes, but it was a temporary reprieve from nearly two decades of baseball depression in Pittsburgh. How bad have things been in the Three Rivers city of late? Monday night's victory was just the team's second in its past 14 games.
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