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Cishek gets his chance

The Sports Xchange

With the Marlins out of the playoff picture, rookie right-hander Steve Cishek can expect more chances to audition for the role of future closer.

Right-hander Leo Nunez is the Marlins' closer, and there's a good chance he will be back next season. Nunez, who has another year of arbitration, is making $3.65 million. That could double this winter since he has notched his second straight 30-save season.

But Nunez has struggled lately, blowing his last two save chances. Manager Jack McKeon gave him the day off Wednesday from both games of a double-header.

That's when Cishek took advantage of his chance to close in game one. After Edward Mujica gave up a two-run home run in the ninth to make it a one-run game, Cishek got the final two outs of the game for his second career save.

"It was a great experience for Cishek to come in and get his save. I think it's going to be a tremendous lift in confidence," said manager Jack McKeon.

Cishek, 25, is 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA in 34 appearances this year.

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