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Angels fall to Washington Nationals, 5-4, as closer falters
Angels fall to Washington Nationals, 5-4, as closer falters

WASHINGTON — The Angels were three outs away from their first series sweep in the nation's capital since 1962, their first winning record in 386 days and a highly anticipated Amtrak train ride to New York City when closer Ernesto Frieri drove them off the rails Wednesday night. Frieri, whose hold on his ninth-inning job was tenuous, failed to protect a three-run lead in a stunning 5-4 walk-off loss to the Washington Nationals, leaving Manager Mike Scioscia little choice but to replace Frieri as closer with setup man Joe Smith. Asked point-blank if he was looking to make a change at closer, Scioscia said, "No." But that doesn't mean he won't look to make a...

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