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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night:

"I give a lot of credit to the guys on the bench. Everybody came back into the dugout (after the Pirates tied it in the ninth) and kept a good attitude and kept fighting."

-- San Diego's Chase Headley, who went 5 for 6 in the Padres' extra inning victory over the Pirates.

Braves 11, Mets 3
The Braves aren't mathematically eliminated from the playoffs again yet, but they'd be sliding closer. That stopped suddenly on Monday night, with Chipper Jones dialing up his vintage New York form to knock out a homer and drive in four runs during Atlanta's win its their traditional rival, the Mets. Derek Lowe lasted five innings, allowing three runs on six hits to earn his 15th win of the season before yielding to Kenshin Kawakami, whose long relief outing also included a save, his first in the U.S.

Cardinals 7, Astros 3
What did St. Louis need to get firmly back on track? That's easy: A simple face off with a team that deposed its manager earlier in the day. Cue the Astros everybody. Mark DeRosa led St. Louis with a pair of homers as Houston started the post-Cecil Cooper era with another loss, proof that even a ceremonial switch can't salvage a season once you hit that threshold near the end of the road.

Cubs 10, Brewers 2

See, if Chicago had hit like this all season, they might not be staring down a long, playoffs-less offseason. Aramis Ramirez and Derek Lee hit homers to help lift Chicago and starter Tom Gorzelanny, who outdueled 13-game winner Braden Looper in Milwaukee. Gorzelanny allowed just two runs in five innings, a stirring departure from his previous two outings at Miller Park, in which he allowed 13 runs. It's a nice time for him to turn the corner, though something tells us the Cubs would have loved to see it a bit earlier.

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By Cameron Smith  |  September 22, 2009; 7:50 AM ET
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The economy is improving. Ad revenues are up. Is there any chance the Washington Post will once again publish full box scores for every major leaugue game rather than just the NATS and Os?

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