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Vazquez shows mettle, closes out Nationals


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Nationals left fielder Juan Soto (22) chases a ball that went for a ground-rule double by the Pirates' Jason Martin during the ninth inning Sunday as Pirates bullpen catcher Jordan Comadena (89) and pitchers Nick Kingham (49) and Steven Brault (43) look on -- AP

WASHINGTON -- Felipe Vazquez is used to life on the edge as a closer.

Sunday against the Nationals, he walked the edge a little more than he probably would have liked.

After a bunt single by Adam Eaton loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning, Vazquez retired red-hot Howie Kendrick and Anthony Rendon back-to-back to finish off a two-inning appearance, as the Pirates won the series against Washington with a 3-2 victory here.

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