Wins, not dollars, all that matter this time of year
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|Albert Pujols, STL||42||CHC||Top 1: 1-0, 0 Outs. 2 on.||Samardzija|
|Ryan Braun, PHI||24||FLA||Bot 1: 0-0, 1 Out. 1 on.||Mendez|
|Miguel Cabrera, DET||38||MIN||Bot 7: 1-1, 2 Outs. 1 on.||Duensing|
|Ryan Braun, MIL||25||FLA||Bot 3: 0-2, 0 Outs. 1 on.||Mendez|
|Josh Wilson, SEA||2||TB||Top 6: 0-0, 2 Outs. 2 on.||Shields|
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WEB GEMS LEADERBOARD
HUNT FOR OCTOBER
NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST
|San Francisco||88-68||--||83.0 pct.|
|San Diego||87-68||0.5||57.0 pct.|
SUNDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTMatt Cain, RHP, Giants
Cain took a no-hitter into the eighth in a big game against the Rockies. He didn't finish off the no-hitter, but did toss a complete game in a 4-2 win that pushed the Giants back ahead of the Padres in the NL West and further hurt Colorado's chances of getting one of the remaining postseason berths. Cain is now 4-0 since Aug. 18.
WORSTClayton Richard, LHP, Padres
The Padres needed a win to hold on to first place. Instead, they got drilled 12-2 by the Reds. Richard started the trouble, giving up five hits, six runs and four walks over five innings before the Padres' bullpen made it worse. Richard is 1-4 over his past six starts.
MONDAY'S BEST MATCHUPS
Marlins at Braves, 7:10 p.m. ET
The Braves rest a half-game back in the NL wild-card race. They've limped home, losing five of their past six. It will be Tommy Hanson's task to get Atlanta a much-needed win. Hanson tossed six shutout innings in his most recent start, a no-decision in a game the Braves eventually lost 1-0 to the Phillies. He hasn't gotten much help since the All-Star break; Hanson is carrying a 2.77 ERA in the second half but a 2-6 record.
Dodgers at Rockies, 8:40 p.m. ET
The Rockies' postseason hopes have slimmed thanks to six losses in seven games. They trail by 4½ games in the NL West standings and sit four back in the wild-card race. But Colorado sends its ace out to the mound Monday, when Ubaldo Jimenez again goes searching for win No. 20. He was hit hard by the Diamondbacks -- five hits, five runs, four walks in four innings -- in an 8-4 loss his last time out.
Cubs at Padres, 10:05 p.m. ET
The Padres were hammered by the Reds on Sunday. They now face the Cubs and Carlos Zambrano, who is 6-0 over his past eight starts. He didn't get a win the last time he headed to the hill, despite allowing only three hits over six shutout innings. Granted, he was a little wild against the Giants in the Cubs' 1-0 loss; he walked six in six innings.