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MLB highlights: Marlins' Bell blows save in 46 pitches

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?'"

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.

American League

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.

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