Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Blows save, takes loss

Doolittle (4-2) allowed two runs on three hits while striking out two batters in two-thirds of an inning in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Padres.

Doolittle came into the game with a one-run lead, but a triple by Eric Hosmer and singles from Josh Naylor and Austin Hedges were enough for the Padres to walk it off. Doolittle is now 13-for-16 in save chances. He owns a 3.62 ERA and 1.35 WHIP through 28 appearances. Even if Doolittle falters again soon, the Nats' struggling set-up crew doesn't offer many viable alternatives in the closer role.

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