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Nationals' bullpen continues to be strong

Nationals' bullpen continues to be strong

Nationals' bullpen continues to be strong
WASHINGTON -- The Nationals' bullpen had another solid performance in Saturday's 6-5 loss, holding the Orioles scoreless over the final four innings while the offense chipped away at a six-run deficit.

The combination of Craig Stammen, Ryan Perry and Henry Rodriguez allowed just one hit with no walks. Overall, the club's pitching has been dominant, ranking first in the Major League in ERA (2.98) and strikeouts (349).

"I kind of figured I was going to get two out of Stammen and one out of Perry," manager Davey Johnson said. "We had a chance. When you're down 6-0 and have a chance to win in the eighth, ninth inning, that's the sign of a good ball team."

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Tyler Clippard is also second in the National League with nine holds. Rodriguez is fifth in the NL with nine saves.

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