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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night:

"You don't get too many games where you leave the game losing by one and end up winning. It was nice to steal that one back."

-- Reds starter Bronson Arroyo, who somehow earned a win despite leaving with a deficit to the Astros.

Giants 9, Rockies 1
Colorado may have the inside track on the NL Wild Card, but San Francisco sure has the Rockies' number. The Giants rolled past Colorado again, routing the Rockies at home to help move back into the playoff race. The rout had everything to do with Tim Lincecum, the Giants Cy Young winner of the past and future, who allowed just one run and six hits across seven innings, setting the stage for Jeremy Affeldt and Bobby Howry to mop up a huge victory. Now, if the Giants can duplicate that success a bit ...

Cardinals 11, Marlins 6
Once upon a time, this could have been an NL playoffs preview. That certainly wasn't the case by the time Monday came around, though the Cardinals offense appeared a lot more like the playoff team everyone expects to see come October. Matt Holliday drove in three runs to lead a prolific St. Louis offense that bounced back from a weekend sweep, passing 100 RBI for the season in the process. Of course, the Cardinals wouldn't be the Cardinals without Albert Pujols making a serious cameo on the stat sheet, and Monday's victory was no different, with the first baseman and once and future MVP finishing a perfect 2 for 2 with two runs scored. Can't ask for much more than that, can you?

Cubs 2, Brewers 0
Does anyone know where this Cubs team has been hiding for the past six weeks? Suddenly, now that Chicago is out of any realistic postseason chase, the Cubs are nearly unstoppable. Ryan Dempster channeled his 2008 best, pitching eight shutout innings thanks to some serious defensive help. That was a good thing for the Cubs, since their offense didn't exactly set the world afire in another narrow win, racking up a run in the fourth and the eighth thanks to a solo homer by Derek Lee (in the fourth) and some key insurance offense off Milwaukee reliever David Weathers.

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By Cameron Smith  |  September 15, 2009; 7:50 AM ET
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