Blown save ends streak for Chapman at 27

Blown save ends streak for Chapman at 27

CINCINNATI -- Aroldis Chapman has been so good this season that on the rare occasion when he blows a save, it's big news.

Chapman allowed a three-run home run to Matt Dominguez in the bottom of the ninth inning on Friday as Houston rallied for a 5-3 victory. It was Chapman's first blown save since June 24, snapping a streak of 27 straight.

Reds manager Dusty Baker said Chapman will be available to pitch again on Saturday. Baker likes to get his closers back on the mound soon after a rough outing. "I always try to," Baker said. "I'll take 27 more (straight saves) until the next one. Consider how good he's been in his first season of closing, not even a full season."

It was just the second career homer for Dominquez, a 23-year old rookie. "That's September baseball," said Baker. "There's always some kid that hurts you in September. Hopefully some of our kids can do that."

After Friday's outing Chapman's ERA against National League teams "rose" to 0.73. NL opponents are hitting just .128 against him.