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Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts at Turner Field, where Melky Cabrera(notes), Bobby Cox and the Atlanta Braves waited until nearly the last possible moment to drive a stake right through the Los Angeles Dodgers' collective heart.

Game of the Day: Braves 4, Dodgers 3

Wasteful Dodgers: With Jonathan Broxton(notes) removed from the closer's role, manager Joe Torre entrusted a 3-1 lead to Hong-Chih Kuo(notes) and Octavio Dotel(notes). How did it turn out?

Well, let's just say Hong-Chih could not maintain the "status Kuo" and the Braves checked out of their "d'oh!-tel" with some confiscated towels and a hair dryer tucked under their arms — along with a league-leading 20th victory in their last at-bat.

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"You certainly have to be shocked by the results out there," Torre said, noting Kuo needed only seven pitches to retire the Braves in order in the eighth.

"We were going to have him finish it," Torre said of Kuo.

"I must admit that as a manager you want every inning to be like the eighth. But you can never sit back and relax when you have just a one or two-run lead."

Get a note to the Melkman — more cheese: After he prevented the Dodgers' lead from swelling in the eighth by throwing a man out at the plate, Melky Cabrera won the game with a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth.

Watch the Melkman deliver

Most amusing about the game-ending play was that the ball rolled under the glove of rag-arm outfielder Scott Podsednik(notes). By doing this, he prevented the need for what would have been an woefully inadequate throw home. Genius, really.

Wasted, discarded, forgotten, rotting by the side of the road: Good starting performances by Tommy Hanson(notes) of the Braves and Chad Billingsley(notes) of the Dodgers.

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They Also Played...

Blue Jays 3, Athletics 1: Conor Jackson's(notes) home run leading off the seventh was all that stood between Shaun Marcum(notes) and the majors' sixth no-hitter of the season. It can't be the "Year of the No-Hitter" unless we get at least two more. The clock's ticking, boys!

Padres 9, Cubs 5: As soon as .108-hitting pitcher Kevin Correia(notes) lined an RBI double in the fifth, you knew the Padres were going to come away with the victory. The baseball gods don't waste stuff like that by having you lose.

Rays 6, Rangers 4: You can't play defense like that with Cliff Lee(notes) on the mound. It's just plain disrespectful.

Pirates 7, Marlins 1: The Fish dropped their fourth straight and lost for the ninth time in their past 12, so they had a 15-minute, closed-door meeting for players only afterward. The first topic was: "Stop losing to the freakin' Bucs."

Orioles 5, Mariners 4 (11 inn.): Adam Jones'(notes) game-winning bunt technically was not a squeeze because it came with two outs, but anytime you bunt in Jose Lopez's(notes) direction, it puts the squeeze on the Mariners.

Tigers 3, Yankees 1: Carlos Guillen(notes). Great player. Always hurt. Very sad.

Mets 3, Astros 1: With K-Rod unavailable — for up to five years plus probation — the save goes to Hisanori Takahashi(notes).

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