Originally posted on MarlinsBaseball.com  |  Last updated 5/26/12

In what has become a recurring theme for the Miami Marlins, Heath Bell was removed in the ninth after struggling in the ninth inning.   Randy Choate entered and saved the game as Miami beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3 on Saturday.   It was the second straight win for the Marlins and their 18th in May which puts them one shy of the franchise record for wins in a month.   The record of 19 was set in August of 1997.

Mark Buehrle lasted seven and a third innings allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out three.    Credited with the win, the lefty is now 5-4 on the season and has pitched to the level the Marlins expected when they signed him to a contract this past off-season.    Buehrle also flashed some of his well chronicled stellar defense in the game as he continues his pursuit of a another Gold Glove this year.   The hero of Friday’s game, Steve Cishek finished off the eighth retiring the only two batters he faced.  Bell entered in the ninth in a three run game for the second consecutive day and promptly loaded the bases while only picking up one out.    Manager Ozzie Guillen elected to bring in Choate as a lefty pinch-hitter was due up.   Choate retired both hitters he faced for his first save of the season and ended the game with a strikeout much like Cishek did in the previous game.

Giancarlo Stanton’s fantastic May continued with another pair of doubles in the game giving him thirteen two baggers on the year.    Logan Morrison also added his fourth double of the season in a two hit game.  The Marlins’ first baseman also knocked in two runs and showed signs of snapping out of his slump.    Donovan Solano started the game in left field which is a position he only had played once in the minor leagues.   While there were moments where it was obvious Solano an infielder normally was out of position — he did an admirable job manning the outfield.   At the plate, Solano had two hits and knocked in a run as well.

The Marlins will be looking to make it three wins in a row on Sunday as Ricky Nolasco is scheduled to start against Matt Cain.

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