ARLINGTON -- The Rangers' closer Joakim Soria has been about as dependable as he can be this season in save situations, converting 15 of 16 opportunities with a 0.59 ERA in 15 1/3 innings. His only blown save, May 27 in Minnesota, was the only time he has been scored upon in a save opportunity -- and that was primarily due to defensive lapses behind him.
His numbers are pedestrian in non-save situations, however, and Sunday's loss only added to the discrepancy between the game-saving Soria and the other version. After giving up the go-ahead run in the ninth Sunday, Soria is now 1-2 with a 5.84 ERA in non-save situations.
Friday night was the most recent example before Sunday: Soria entered with a 5-0 lead, then allowed a season-high four runs (three earned) before getting two outs with the tying run at third.
"It's part of baseball," Soria said. "Sometimes you have tough ones. For me, it happened two times in a row and you move on to the next game and hopefully we get it done next game."
Manager Ron Washington said before Sunday's game that he doesn't think Soria is one of those closers who needs the pressure of a save situation to perform at his best.
"For me in the game of baseball, if that's an attitude anyone has, then they need to get another job," Washington said when asked if Soria experiences a letdown in non-save opportunities. "For a guy like Joakim, I would say totally not. Totally not because he's the ultimate professional. … His ERA is really the results of the three or four times that he struggled and all the other times, he stuck up zeroes."
In fact, Soria has not allowed a run in 24 of his 29 appearances. He didn't allow a hit in 19 of those outings, and he retired every batter he faced 17 times. He has also converted his last seven save opportunities.
Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.