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Nationals reliever Trevor Rosenthal finally gets an out, brings ERA below infinity

It took until his fifth outing of the season but Nationals reliever Trevor Rosenthal finally got an out and overcame his infinity ERA.

Already the first pitcher in baseball history to fail to record an out in four appearances to start a season, Rosenthal entered the ninth inning of Wednesday's game against the Phillies with the Nationals ahead 15-0.

He walked Rhys Hoskins to start the inning – the 10th batter he faced this season – but struck out the next hitter, Andrew Knapp, to record his first out of 2019.

Rosenthal would walk the next two hitters to load the bases and gave up an RBI groundout after that, but got Aaron Altherr to fly out to end the game.

With one inning officially on his ledger and eight earned runs, Rosenthal's ERA is now a cool 72.00. The 28-year-old has walked seven of the 15 hitters he's faced.

Rosenthal, an All-Star in 2015, spent the first five seasons of his career with the Cardinals but missed all of 2018 after Tommy John surgery. He was signed by the Nationals in November.

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