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Brewers' Francisco Rodriguez Passes Rollie Fingers for 11th Place on Saves List

Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez celebrates the last in the Brewers' 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffAugust 19, 2014

Milwaukee Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez earned his 342nd career save Saturday, moving past Rollie Fingers to take sole possession of 11th place on the all-time saves list, per Mike Vassallo, the Brewers' senior director of media relations.

Rodriguez entered Saturday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth inning to protect a two-run lead for starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo, who had out-dueled Clayton Kershaw over the game's first eight innings.  

Rodriguez gave up a leadoff home run to the resurgent Matt Kemp, but he then followed with two strikeouts and a groundout to lock down the 3-2 victory.

The save was Rodriguez's MLB-leading 38th, already the fourth-best total of his career and his most since setting the single-season record of 62 saves back in 2008.

According to MLB Stat of the Day, "K-Rod," as he's affectionately known, has the most saves (342) through his age-32 season of any pitcher in major league history.

K-Rod, who started 2014 with 304 career saves, has passed 10 retired closers on the all-time list this season, including Hall of Famer Goose Gossage (310), Rick Aguilera (318), Francisco Cordero (329), John Wetteland (330) and, most recently, Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers (341). Next up on the list in 10th place is Randy Myers at 347.

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