Barnes picked up the save Tuesday against the Orioles after recording the final out of the game. Dylan Covey got the ball in the ninth and held a five-run lead, but manager Ron Roenicke had to turn to Barnes after Covey loaded the bases with two outs. Barnes needed just three pitches to close the game out -- he induced a pop out in foul territory from Pedro Severino -- and that qualified as his ninth save of the campaign. Barnes should hold down the closer role in the final games of the 2020 regular season.
Barnes blew his fourth save in Friday's extra-innings loss to the Yankees. He allowed one run on one hit while striking out one over one inning. Boston's bullpen failed to support starter Martin Perez, who pitched a gem and left with a 4-0 lead. Barnes surrendered a game-tying home run to Gary Sanchez, the fourth home run he's allowed in 21.2 innings (1.7 HR/9).
Barnes picked up the save by striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning Thursday night against the Marlins. Barnes punched out the first batter of the ninth and then induced a pair of lineouts to end the ballgame. He's now converted on five of his last six save chances and has the closer's role well in hand. Barnes owns a 4.35 ERA and 1.40 WHIP with a 29:12 K:BB across 20.2 frames in 2020.
Barnes tossed one scoreless inning Sunday as he earned the save against the Rays. He allowed one hit and no walks while striking out two. Barnes has now strung together two consecutive dominant outings, and he's earned saves in each of those appearances. He entered with a three-run lead Sunday and allowed a single to start the ninth inning, but he racked up two strikeouts over the frame en route to his sixth save of the year.
Barnes allowed one walk but struck out two across a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Thursday against the Rays. Barnes entered the game in the ninth inning with a one-run lead. He walked the leadoff batter, but struck out two of next three batters he faced to end the contest and earn his fifth save of the campaign. Though he's been shaky, Barnes is the clear closer in Boston and should continue to see save chances.