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Bell falters again, gets yanked in ninth

The Sports Xchange

Just when the Marlins thought they were seeing the real Heath Bell, the $27-million closer struggled again Wednesday night, throwing the back of the bullpen into question.

One night after nailing down his third save in six chances, Bell failed to hold a 2-0 lead in the ninth inning Thursday in San Francisco. He didn't get a blown save because manager Ozzie Guillen pulled him after facing three batters.

Steve Cishek relieved Bell and gave up the tying run, which tagged Cishek with the blown save. But Cishek worked out of a bases-loaded jam to send the game into extra innings.

Giancarlo Stanton hit his third home run in four games in the 10th inning and Cishek pitched a perfect inning to preserve Miami's 3-2 win.

After the game, Guillen wasn't ready to commit to giving Bell the ball again the next time the Marlins have a save situation.

"I don't know yet," Guillen said late Wednesday night after the Marlins clinched their first road series win.

"It's too early for me right now to think about it. I'm going to put the best guy we think is doing the job there. This is a tough call ... because we spent a lot of money on this kid. But on the other hand, I've got to put my best guys out there and right now he is not our best guy."

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