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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night:

"Whenever he's on the bump, you feel pretty confident."

-- Phillies slugger Ryan Howard with one of the understatements of the year in describing Cliff Lee's performances since joining the Phillies.

Nationals 7, Brewers 1
So much for a good thing. Young starter Collin Balester was impeccable across five innings, then impossibly rough in the sixth. Balester allowed six runs in the sixth frame, single-handedly gifting a road win to Milwaukee. The Brewers didn't even make an out in the sixth until they'd batted through the entire order. The Nats used three innings. The teams passed in the night, thanks in part to homers from Ryan Braun and Jody Gerut, and Washington moved a game and a day closer to another No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft.

Phillies 6, Mets 2
This is becoming pretty predictable, isn't it? The Phillies play the Mets; Philadelphia wins. Cliff Lee pitches for the Phillies; Philadelphia wins. Put the two factors together, and it hardly seems fair to the Mets. Regardless, that's what New York was facing at home Monday afternoon, and the odds were far too stacked against the likes of pitcher Bobby Parnell and the Mets. Amazingly, Lee seems to be getting even better game-by-game, lasting seven innings without allowing a run to drop his ERA to an unspeakable 0.68. And should his record continue to rise -- his 5-0 mark since joining Philadelphia has pushed him to 12-9 -- would anyone rule him out from winning a Cy Young Award for the second straight year ... albeit it for a new team? We sure wouldn't ...

Rockies 6, Giants 4
How do you crush the soul of a key divisional opponent? Easy: You let them take a lead in the 14th inning of a game that would have given them a road split in the middle of a Wild Card race, then you rally back to win in the bottom of the frame. Cue Colorado, this script has Rockies written all over it. Jim Tracy's troops rallied to score five runs in the bottom of the 14th after racking up only one before then, stealing a 6-4 win from the Giants, whose loss dealt a crushing blow to the team's playoff hopes. With the Rockies winning the battle of pitching attrition, reliever Adam Eaton received the win despite allowing three times as many runs as Colorado's starter, Jason Marquis, in 1/4 of the time. Guess that's what will happen when you play an extra half a game for free, huh?

By Cameron Smith  |  August 25, 2009; 7:50 AM ET
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