The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"He could have 18. He could be right on for Cy Young. He never gets talked about, but with any luck at all, he'd be right there with 'em."
-- Atlanta Manager Bobby Cox on his team's lack of run production behind Javier Vazquez, who is 12-9 despite a 3.06 ERA, the latest dip in which came from Tuesday's Atlanta win over Houston.
Phillies 5, Nationals 3
Sometimes it only takes an inning. Case in point: Tuesday's Nats loss to the struggling Phillies, who appeared headed for another embarrassing loss before Washington starter John Lannan came completely undone in the seventh inning. Philadelphia racked up three homers off the Nats starter in a meager eight pitches, ruining what was a tenuous lead for Washington, which fell again as a result. The Phillies added another run in the eight, making up for Washington's brief one-run rally in the bottom of the seventh, all of which made an unlikely winner of Pedro Martinez, who improved to 4-0 since rejoining the major leagues with the defending World Series Champions.
Rockies 3, Reds 1
The Rockies and Giants may be in a heated race for the NL Wild Card, but for at least a couple days, Colorado has an edge: The Rockies are facing off against an apathetic and oft-woe-filled Cincinnati; San Francisco is facing off against a scrappy San Diego team that has been upsetting foes down the stretch on occasion all summer. That was the case on Tuesday, with Jason Marquis delivering his 15th win of the season en route to Colorado's fifth straight victory. Marquis lasted 7 1/3 innings while allowing just a single run, putting himself back in the NL Cy Young race, if only as a severe dark horse.
Cardinals 4, Brewers 3
That Matt Holliday trade looks better and better every day. The latest proof that St. Louis's trade deadline acquisition could prove to be MLB's biggest came in the ninth inning of Tuesday's victory in Milwaukee, when the slugging outfielder hit a game-winning homer off Brewers closer Trevor Hoffman. The shot, a two run homer that also scored MVP shoo-in Albert Pujols, made a winner out of Blake Hawksworth, salvaging a victory from a John Smoltz start, after the former Brave and Red Sox allowed just three runs in five innings.
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