The Nationals acquired Papelbon in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday. Papelbon, who had openly lobbied for a trade multiple times while in Philadelphia, told reporters on Wednesday that he feels “like it's a new life” now that he's in Washington.
Papelbon entered in the ninth inning of a 1–0 game against the Miami Marlins on Thursday and retired the side in order to get the save.
It was Papelbon's 18th save of the season. Max Scherzer got the win after giving up only three hits in seven innings with six strikeouts.
On the season, Papelbon has a 1.55 ERA and 0.96 WHIP with 41 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings.
The Nationals next play the Mets in New York on Friday.
- Molly Geary