Mets 3, Marlins 2: Heath Bell kept throwing, hoping he could find the one pitch that would let him escape.
He never did.
Miami's All-Star closer faltered again, walking four batters in the ninth inning and helping host New York rally for a win Thursday that sent the Marlins to their fifth straight loss.
"When you been in this game for a little while, you got a lot of different ways to lose," Marlins Manager Ozzie Guillen said. "You look at stats and say, 'Why we lose the game? What we do wrong?'"
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After Ricky Nolasco threw seven sharp innings and reliever Randy Choate worked the eighth, Guillen summoned Bell to protect a 2-1 lead. Pitching for the first time in a week, and standing in a steady drizzle, Bell (0-3) couldn't find the plate. He wound up throwing a whopping 46 pitches. Kirk Niewenhuis hit a one-hopper off the right-field wall with the bases loaded to drive in the winning run for the Mets.
Rays 4, Angels 3: Brandon Allen, acquired recently off waivers, had a pinch-hit homer off Angels closer Jordan Walden (0-1) in the ninth inning to lift host Tampa Bay. "He came up with a big swing on a guy throwing 97 (mph)," the Angels' Torii Hunter said. Brandon Gomes (1-0) worked a 1-2-3 ninth, helping the Rays win their fifth straight. Mark Trumbo homered and had two RBI for the Angels, who have lost seven of nine.
Mariners 5, Tigers 4: Chone Figgins hit a two-out, tiebreaking double in the seventh inning that was misjudged by right fielder Brennan Boesch, and Seattle completed a three-game sweep of host Detroit. Justin Smoak hit a three-run homer and Miguel Olivo also connected for the Mariners, who took a 4-0 lead in the fourth before the Tigers tied it.
Royals 4, Indians 2: Luis Mendoza (1-2) pitched into the sixth inning and Kansas City's bullpen made a lead stand up, helping the Royals beat host Cleveland. Jeff Francoeur had a go-ahead single in a three-run fifth for Kansas City, which snapped a 12-game losing streak with an 8-2 victory Wednesday night. The Royals won consecutive games for the second time this season.
Orioles 5, Blue Jays 2: Adam Jones led off the eighth inning with a tiebreaking homer, and host Baltimore beat Toronto, completing a three-game sweep with its fourth straight victory. Jones ripped the first pitch from Casey Janssen (1-1) into the first row of the left-field stands, barely eluding the leap of Eric Thames. It was his sixth homer of the season.