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MLB: Washington 8, Atlanta 7 (15 innings)

ATLANTA, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Adam LaRoche broke up a marathon contest with a go-ahead homer in the 15th inning Saturday that sent the Washington Nationals to an 8-7 win over Atlanta.

MLB: San Francisco 4, Washington 3

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Hector Sanchez, with San Francisco down to its final strike, hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning Thursday to give the Giants a 4-3 win over Washington.

MLB: Washington 6, San Francisco 5

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Anthony Rendon touched off a five-run fourth inning with a two-run double Wednesday and Washington held on down the stretch to defeat San Francisco 6-5.

MLB: Washington 4, San Francisco 2

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Adam LaRoche clouted a go-ahead, two-run homer after a long rain delay Tuesday, carrying the Washington Nationals to a 4-2 win over San Francisco.

MLB: Washington 8, Philadelphia 5

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Jayson Werth knocked a go-ahead two-run homer during a big seventh inning that rallied the Washington Nationals over Philadelphia 8-5 Saturday.

MLB: Washington 3, Milwaukee 0

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Dan Haren and two relievers combined on a four-hit shutout Saturday, staking the Washington Nationals to a 3-0 victory over Milwaukee.

MLB: Washington 4, Milwaukee 1

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Jordan Zimmermann threw six shutout innings Friday and Bryce Harper hit a solo homer in lifting Washington to a 4-1 victory over Milwaukee.

MLB: Washington 4, New York Mets 1

WASHINGTON, July 27 (UPI) -- Dan Haren logged his first victory in 2 1/2 months Saturday and the Washington Nationals hit three homers in their 4-1 win over the New York Mets.

MLB: Washington 2, New York Mets 1 (2nd game)

WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) -- Ryan Zimmerman hit a one-out home run in the ninth Friday to give Washington a 2-1 win over the New York Mets and a split of a day-night doubleheader.

MLB: Washington 9, Pittsburgh 7

WASHINGTON, July 25 (UPI) -- Bryce Harper hit a home run in the ninth inning Thursday that allowed the Washington Nationals to break a six-game losing streak with a 9-7 win over Pittsburgh.

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers 3, Washington 2

WASHINGTON, July 19 (UPI) -- Andre Ethier led off the ninth inning with his sixth home run of the season Friday to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 3-2 decision over Washington.

MLB: Washington 5, Miami 2 (10 innings)

MIAMI, July 14 (UPI) -- Denard Span's RBI double in the 10th inning broke a 2-2 deadlock Sunday and the Washington Nationals went on to post a 5-2 win over Miami.

MLB: Miami 2, Washington 1 (10 innings)

MIAMI, July 13 (UPI) -- Adeiny Hechavarria reached on a 10th-inning error and scored the winning run when Ed Lucas beat out a grounder Saturday, sending Miami over Washington 2-1.

MLB: Washington 5, Philadelphia 1

PHILADELPHIA, July 10 (UPI) -- Gio Gonzalez allowed a lone run over seven innings Wednesday and Washington hit four solo homers in downing Philadelphia 5-1.

MLB: Washington 5, San Diego 4

WASHINGTON, July 6 (UPI) -- Ryan Zimmerman drove in the go-ahead run and Adam LaRoche made a diving stop Saturday to secure Washington's 5-4 victory over San Diego.
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Rafael Soriano
The Seattle Mariners Rafael Soriano (39) pitches in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles on April 29, 2006 at Orioles Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, MD. The Mariners defeated the Orioles 8-6. (UPI Photo/Mark Goldman)
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Rafael Soriano (born December 19, 1979 in San José de Ocoa, Dominican Republic) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the New York Yankees. He bats and throws right-handed. Soriano throws a moving fastball in the mid to upper 90s, which has been known to reach triple digits, along with a slider and scarcely used changeup.

Soriano was signed as an amateur free agent by the Seattle Mariners in 1996. He was signed as an outfielder before being converted to a pitcher. He made his Major League debut with the Mariners on May 5, 2002. After an effective 2003 season, Soriano suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, and underwent Tommy John surgery on August 17, 2004. He would return to the Majors on September 10, 2005. Soriano suffered a concussion on August 29, 2006, after being struck behind the ear by a line drive hit from Angels slugger Vladimir Guerrero. He was released from the hospital the following afternoon.

Soriano was traded to the Atlanta Braves from the Mariners on December 7, 2006, in exchange for left-handed pitcher Horacio Ramírez. In an offseason article, ESPN explained why they believed that Soriano was a significantly better player than Ramirez. Soriano had a mixed bag of success and disappointment in his first season in Atlanta, primarily serving as the setup man to closer Bob Wickman. Soriano became the Braves closer after Wickman was designated for assignment in August. He earned his first save since May 10 on August 30.

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