"For me, it was about winning the game today," Maddon said. "I'm not ordaining anybody new [as the closer]. It was today. It was a moment for today. Based on what I saw, I thought it was the right thing to do."
Rondon has allowed three runs and eight hits in his previous 7 1/3 innings.
"My job is to come in and get some guy out," Rondon said. "The most important part to today was we [won] the game."
Maddon hinted that Rondon may be used in lower-leverage situations in the near future to work on his game without such high risk.
"If he put me in the ninth inning, fifth inning, seventh inning, I don't care," Rondon said. "I need to, every time I come in to pitch, get some people out."