Pagan pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his 14th save in a 5-2 victory against the Orioles on Thursday. After giving up three runs in a blown save Wednesday, the Rays couldn't have put their closer in a better situation Thursday. Pagan received another save chance to quickly get back on the horse, and he had a nice three-run lead in which to work. He responded with an uneventful ninth. Pagan has seven blown saves, but that's a little misleading, as not all of his opportunities have been conventional save chances. He owns 14 saves, a 2.30 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 77 strikeouts in 54.2 innings this season.
Pagan (3-2) earned the win against the Mariners on Wednesday despite also being charged with a blown save, allowing three runs on three hits while recording one strikeout during the ninth inning. Fortunately for Pagan, after he gave up a two-run lead, the Rays rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth to afford him the victory. Prior to Wednesday, Pagan had converted seven straight saves and allowed just one run in his last 10 innings. He has 13 saves with a 2.35 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 77 strikeouts in 53.2 innings this season.
Pagan earned the save against San Diego on Tuesday, striking out all four batters he faced on 17 pitches. Pagan completely dominated the heart of the Padres lineup, tossing strikes on 13 of 17 pitches while whiffing each hitter who came up against him. After a rough July in which he blew three of seven save opportunities and registered a 4.38 ERA, Pagan has returned to his dominant ways in August, converting all five save chances while allowing only one run in 6.2 innings and racking up 12 strikeouts.
Pagan notched the save against Seattle on Sunday, retiring one batter in the 1-0 victory. After Ryan Yarbrough dominated the Mariners for 8.2 innings, Pagan was brought in to retire Omar Narvaez and preserve the win. He induced a groundball on his second pitch to pick up his 12th save of the season. In his first stint as a closer, Pagan has converted 12 of 18 save opportunities while posting a 2.01 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 68:12 K:BB over 49.1 innings.
Pagan struck out two in a perfect inning, shutting the door on a 5-4 win over the Mariners on Saturday to earn his 11th save. Pagan gave up a run against the Mariners in Friday's contest, but he kept things much cleaner to record his second save in as many days. The 28-year-old has a 2.02 ERA and 0.90 WHIP with 68 strikeouts over 49 innings this season.