Barnes pitched a perfect inning against Toronto on Wednesday, striking out one batter to earn the save. The right-hander entered in the ninth inning with the task of preserving a three-run lead and did so with ease, needing only 11 pitches to set down the side in order. The save was his first since July 4 in only his second appearance since that date. Barnes has allowed only one earned run over his past 10 appearances and has a solid 2.54 ERA on the campaign.
Barnes and the Red Sox agreed to a two-year extension Sunday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports. Barnes has served as team's primary closer to this point in the season, as he's recorded 19 saves in 23 opportunities. He's backed that with excellent swing-and-miss stuff, racking up 62 strikeouts across 37 innings. The extension runs through the 2023 season and also includes a club option for 2024.
Barnes secured the save, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out one across one inning against the Athletics on Sunday. Barnes picked up his 19th save, although he allowed the tying run to get into scoring position before striking out Seth Brown to end the game. The closer has the second-most saves in the American League and is 19-for-23 in save opportunities. He has allowed just one earned run in 7.2 innings over his last eight appearances.
Barnes (4-2) gave up a run and struck out two batters in one inning Friday, earning a win after blowing the save against Oakland. Barnes coughed up a leadoff, game-tying homer to Elvis Andrus in the ninth inning. It was just the second long ball he's given up in his last 17 appearances. He had converted his previous four save chances and hadn't been charged with an earned run since June 15. His ERA bumped up to 2.75 with a 61:9 K:BB through 36 innings this season. Barnes has 18 saves in 22 opportunities.
Barnes struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning to secure his 18th save of the year in a 7-6 win over the Royals. Barnes entered with a one-run lead and set down all three hitters he faced on strikes while needing only 13 pitches to do so. The 31-year-old owns a 2.65 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and an impressive 57:9 K:BB over 34 innings.
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