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Bill Ladson

Soriano struggles with Nats up by four in ninth

Soriano struggles with Nats up by four in ninth

ATLANTA -- After Monday's 4-2 victory against the Braves, Nationals manager Matt Williams declined to name a closer. He was still talking about going with the best matchups whenever possible. However, it may be hard for Rafael Soriano to get his job back.

In the ninth inning, with Washington leading, 4-0, Williams decided to bring in Soriano to close it out. But Soriano, who lost his closer's job a few weeks ago, let the Braves get back in the game.

After Soriano allowed Justin Upton's RBI double with one out and walked Chris Johnson with two outs, Williams decided to take Soriano out of the game in favor of Drew Storen, who saved his sixth game of the season.

"I had to go get him when he walked the last guy. He was out of the strike zone more tonight than he was his last time out," Williams said. "But he'll continue to work on mechanics and getting that ball down."

Since he lost his closer's job after Sept. 5, Soriano has allowed two runs in 2 2/3 innings, while opponents are hitting .333 during that span.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com 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.