Bill Ladson

Soriano discovers form during recent relief work

Soriano discovers form during recent relief work

NEW YORK -- Nationals right-hander Rafael Soriano, who spent most of the season as the team's closer, entered Saturday night's 10-3 victory over the Mets in a mop-up role. He pitched the seventh inning and didn't allow a hit, while striking out one batter. In his last two outings, Soriano has pitched two shutout innings.

"His slider was down, the fastball was down. He threw a couple of back-door cutters which were good," manager Matt Williams said. "He felt good. He will continue to work on the mechanics. ... He threw well."

Before losing the closer's job to Drew Storen, Soraino was hit hard. After having an All-Star-caliber first half, Soriano has nine saves with a 6.64 ERA, while opponents are hitting .325 against him since the break.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.