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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night:

"(People) keep saying that, but we also are a team under .500, you know?"

-- Brewers Manager Ken Macha, on whether expectations for his team to go on a playoff pushing run are overblown given Milwaukee's own record.

Rockies 5, Nationals 4
How does a team get past a bad Colin Balester start? If you're the Nats, the answer is: You don't. On a night when word leaked out that interim General Manager Mike Rizzo will indeed get the permanent job and just hours after the organization released $1 tickets for Friday's debut appearance by new Nat Stephen Strasburg, Washington couldn't take advantage of its relative prosperity, falling to the Rockies by a run despite a rally on a relative off night for Colorado ace Jason Marquis. The Nats put up one final rally against Colorado closer Houston Street, scoring a run to pull within one ... before the inevitable ending we all saw coming.

Phillies 8, Diamondbacks 1
Nine innings, one run, two hits. That's what Arizona put up against recently unstoppable Cliff Lee, the reigning AL Cy Young winner who is now 4-0 in the NL with the defending world champs. Lee carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, outdueling fellow ace Dan Haren, who was roughed up for six runs in just five innings. Jayson Werth added a pair of homers for Philadelphia, which had deep balls from Ryan Howard and Chase Utley in building up a big lead. Not surprisingly, that was more than enough to back Lee's latest gem.

Braves 15, Mets 2
Really, New York? A 15-2 loss? At home? If there was any question the Mets season is emotionally spent already, it seems safe to consider those answered with Wednesday's loss. New York's rookie starter Bobby Parnell gave up a team home record nine runs in the latest of his five losses, all before leaving after just three innings. His replacements -- Nelson Figueroa, Tim Redding and Sean Green -- weren't much better, as evidenced by Atlanta homers from Brian McCann, Adam LaRoche and Matt Diaz. Was it enough of a blowout to catapult Atlanta into the thick of the NL Wild Card? Maybe, given how tight a race it is. At this point, any edge could be a big one ...

See All of Wednesday's Results

By Cameron Smith  |  August 20, 2009; 7:56 AM ET
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