Soria (2-2) was charged with the loss in a defeat at the hands of the Mariners in the first game of a doubleheader Monday, allowing two earned runs on two hits and three walks over two-thirds of an inning. He struck out one. Tasked with preserving a narrow 5-4 lead and potentially serving as a bridge to closer Liam Hendriks in the seven-inning contest, Soria promptly allowed a one-out single to Phillip Ervin and a two-out RBI double to Tim Lopes shortly after entering in the sixth. Three straight walks, the last to Kyle Lewis with the bases loaded, completed the Mariners' comeback and saddled Soria with the loss. The veteran reliever has now sandwiched a pair of two-run appearances around two scoreless outings thus far in September, and he's allowed at least one earned run in three of his last five trips to the mound overall.
Soria fired a clean eighth inning in a win over the Astros on Wednesday after surrendering three earned runs across two innings in his prior two outings. The veteran reliever's pair of stumbles came against the Astros and Padres on Aug. 29 and Saturday, respectively, and saw Soria allow six hits, including his first home run of the season. However, manager Bob Melvin's trust in the 36-year-old apparently remains unfazed, as he called upon Soria for a key high-leverage setup spot in Wednesday's one-run game. The right-hander has enjoyed a solid season overall despite his recent struggles, as he sports a 2-1 record, 2.55 ERA, three holds and impressive 26.7 percent strikeout rate across 17 appearances.
Soria (2-1) was tagged with the loss Monday against Arizona. He allowed one run on one hit with no strikeouts or walks in his one inning of work. Soria entered the game in the bottom of the ninth with a 3-3 tie and a runner on second base, but he loaded the bases soon after striking out Kole Calhoun only to see David Peralta hit the game-winning single. This was the first earned run against Soria all season, however, so he should remain a trusted guy in high-leverage situations moving forward.
Soria (2-0) earned the win in relief Friday against the Giants after pitching a scoreless inning, allowing one hit and one walk. Soria pitched the bottom of the ninth after Oakland rallied from a five-run deficit, and he got the job done despite allowing two baserunners -- he needed 21 pitches to complete the inning, although 13 of those were strikes, so he didn't have problems locating the zone. Soria has not allowed an earned run this season and is riding a streak of eight scoreless appearances, a span in which he has two wins, two holds, a 1.15 WHIP and an impressive 14.5 K/9.
Soria was perfect over 1.2 innings, striking out three batters and earning the save in Wednesday's 6-4 win over the Rangers. Closer Liam Hendriks had pitched in three of the last four games, so Soria was called on for the save chance. The 36-year-old righty performed admirably, shutting down the Rangers to convert his second save of the year. Soria has yet to allow an earned run in 6.2 innings this season. He's struck out 11 batters and allowed just four hits and two walks in six appearances.
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