Nationals' Rafael Soriano Records 200th Career Save

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffJuly 28, 2014

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 27: Rafael Soriano #29 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the ninth inning of the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 27, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Nationals won 4-2. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Washington Nationals relief pitcher Rafael Soriano closed out Sunday's 4-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds to notch his 200th career save, per MLB Milestones on twitter.

The milestone save was a bit peculiar, as the Nats carried a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning, and thus gave rookie Aaron Barrett the first chance to finish the game.

After Barrett surrendered singles to third baseman Todd Frazier and outfielder Jay Bruce, Washington manager Matt Williams brought in Soriano, who proceeded to give up a two-run double to Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco.

The Reds suddenly had the tying run at the plate with no outs, but Soriano proved to be more than up to the task, recording all three outs in short order to lock down No. 200.

In doing so, the 34-year-old right-hander became the 46th pitcher with 200 career saves—and just one day after Seattle Mariners closer Fernando Rodney reached the same milestone.

Much like the 37-year-old Rodney, Soriano spent most of his career working as a middle reliever and setup man before finally ascending to the role of closer in 2009. Soriano entered the 2009 campaign with just 16 career saves, while Rodney had just 33 to his name.

Since the beginning of 2009, both Dominicans have closed games for four different teams, bouncing around the league as sub-elite relievers often do.

Soriano has worked the ninth inning for the Atlanta Braves (2009), Tampa Bay Rays (2010), New York Yankees (2011-12) and Washington Nationals (2013-14), while Rodney has done the same for the Detroit Tigers (2009), Los Angeles Angels (2010-11), Tampa Bay Rays (2012-13) and Seattle Mariners.