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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals snap the Cardinals' eight-game win streak, although for a moment it appeared the Nationals would blow another late-game lead. The Cardinals got the tying run to second base with two outs after Koda Glover walked Matt Carpenter, but Yadier Molina swung at a first-pitch fastball at the knees and flew out to center field.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jon Lester discuss his outing where he shutdown the Pirates over 6 innings on Thursday.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Lester had a great bounce back game as he entered the night with a 10.32 second half ERA. That number came down considerably after he threw 6 shutout innings against the Pirates, allowing just five hits without issuing a walk. He struck out 8 using just 92 pitches. 60 of them were strikes. He looked like the first half pitcher who made the all-star team.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Aaron Boone on watching other teams in the division at this point in the season: "I pay attention to the sport. I know what's going on. But I'm not thinking about what other teams are ahead, behind. That's just frankly a waste of time. It's, we've got to get after the Blue Jays. That is my focus. That is our teams' focus."

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Aaron Boone and Giancarlo Stanton weren't happy Stanton's eighth-inning hit off the yellow stripe on the wall in right was ruled a double. Originally, umpires called it a homer before video replay confirmed it hadn't left the ballpark. They had Stanton go to second base.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets are battering the Phillies 22-4 in the first game of their doubleheader, so we've got another position player on the mound. Philly has Roman Quinn out there and it's not going well -- six runs allowed so far. More pertinent are the on-going struggles of the Phillies' defense. Four errors have led to 11 unearned runs. According to the play index, that's the most unearned runs Philadelphia has allowed in a game since 1922.