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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night:

"I didn't know how to react. I didn't know what to do. The ninth inning was wild. The whole game it seemed was strange."

-- Phillies second baseman Eric Bruntlett on completing the first unassisted triple play to end an MLB game since May 1927.

Nationals 8, Brewers 3
How do you stop a losing skid? Any way you can, and if you're the Nationals lately, that may include just slugging your way out of it. Washington got home runs from the two poster children of the franchise's hopes for a bright offensive future -- Adam Dunn and FoF Ryan Zimmerman -- in leaping to an 8-3 win over a Milwaukee team that seems resigned to playing out the string without any hopes of a playoff berth. Young starter Craig Stammen was the beneficiary of the bat work, giving up Milwaukee's three runs across 6 1/3 inning to collect his fourth win of the season.

Phillies 9, Mets 7

It's bad enough that the Mets aren't competing in the NL East race in a season in which the team opened up a palatial new ballpark. It's much worse that they have to watch the Phillies, who have trampled all over the team's psyche the past two seasons, run away with a third straight division title on teh team's new home turf. Philadelphia added a wrinkle to the script on Sunday, getting an unassisted triple play from reserve second baseman Erik Bruntlett -- in the ninth inning to close out the game, at that -- to polish off the Phillies' latest win over New York's battered NL bastion, this time with former Mets ace Pedro Martinez on the mound for the Phillies. Martinez was far from perfect, allowing four runs and seven hits in seven innings, but that was a far cry better than Oliver Perez, who looked every bit as bad as earlier this year, when he was virtually unquestionably the worst free agent signing in MLB for the Mets. Remember, the Mets turned down chances at Martinez and Derek Lowe to give Perez a four-year contract, and even his first year looks disastrous so far. Somehow it seems like that's of little comfort to the legions at Citi Field.

Rockies 4, Giants 2
How do you take control of the NL Wild Card race? By knocking off your closest rival, which also happens to be a divisional foe, on a day when it's Cy Young winning ace is on the mound. That's precisely what happened on Sunday in Denver, with the Rockies rallying to push past San Francisco's Tim Lincecum, despite being held hitless by the Giants star for 5 1/3 innings. In the end it was Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez who earned the plaudits for an even more sturdy performance than Lincecum, allowing just two runs across eight innings to set the stage for closer Houston Street's 33rd save of the season. San Francisco can still earn a road split of the four game series with a win on Monday, but a loss would probably provide a powerful nail in the coffin for the Rockies ... a fait accompli that will only be possibly because of the team's ability to get past Lincecum, a guy who so few teams can.

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By Cameron Smith  |  August 24, 2009; 7:50 AM ET
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