The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"I was kidding around with some of their guys before the game about it being televised in Houston. I said, 'I've got to do something.' It's good playing in front of the home fans."
-- Cincinnati's Paul Janish, a Houston native, on helping lead the Reds past the Astros on Tuesday
Phillies 5, Nationals 0
Ho hum. Another game, another brilliant performance from Phillies star Cliff Lee, who has been mowing over NL lineups since arriving from Cleveland the way Lady Gaga goes through award show outfits. Lee struck out nine will allowing just six hits for the Nats, who fell to an embarrassing 3-13 against the defending World Champions this season. Garrett Mock allowed all five runs in six innings, unable to stanch the bleeding against a potent Philadelphia lineup.
Giants 10, Rockies 2
Why is it that the Giants can get to any of Colorado's pitchers, but no one else seems able to? The Rockies saw their NL Wild Card lead shaved again, with starter Ubaldo Jimenez rocked by a suddenly resilient San Francisco lineup, allowing seven runs in just 2 2/3 innings on Tuesday night. Add to that another near spotless performance by starter Barry Zito, and the Giants are right back in the mix for the final playoff places. That seemed like a distant dream just days ago.
Marlins 2, Cardinals 1
The Marlins won't be making they playoffs, but they will be making significant progress again as an organization. Florida fought back from a dispiriting loss, edging St. Louis and starter Adam Wainright, whose NL chances may have been given a glancing blow with an relatively unfair loss. Starter Sean West racked up an impressive nine strikeouts in the win, costing Wainright his first loss in more than a month despite a solid start in which he allowed just two runs in seven innings.
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