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

Two of the biggest stories this season for the Miami Marlins had new chapters added to them as Heath Bell blew another save before Steve Cishek won his fourth game.   The Marlins were 9-8 winners in twelve innings over the San Diego Padres on Friday in a game that ended at nearly 3 AM on the East Coast.    The win was the fourth in a row for the fish who are now 12-14 on the season.

Josh Johnson had one of his worst starts of his career allowing six runs in only two and two third innings.    Johnson struggled with his command and was unable to fool a normally quiet Padres’ offense.    The Marlins had put together a 5-0 lead after one only to see that lead vanish in an instant during the six run third inning.   It took Johnson 67 pitches to get the eight outs and he was unable to make it out of the third before being lifted in favor of Daniel Jennings.    The young lefty walked one and allowed a hit but did not allow a run to score while working his two thirds of an inning.    Chad Gaudin, Ryan Webb and Ryan Choate were asked to patch the rest of the game together until the ninth with the Marlins ahead by one.   Bell gave up doubles to the first two hitters to blow his fourth save in seven chances.   The Padres would come within inches of winning the game but Bell was able to escape the inning leaving the bases loaded.    Cishek who has been the star of the Marlins’ bullpen worked the tenth as well as the next two innings.   The increased workload was due to a depleted bullpen, and Cishek shined during his 52 pitch effort.    The three shutout innings of work earned Cishek his fourth win and lowered his E.R.A to a sparkling 0.63.     It is possible that Cishek’s next appearance comes as the Marlins’ closer after a much deserved day off for the right-hander on Saturday.

The scoring got started early for the Marlins for a chance as Hanley Ramirez hit a three run home run in the first inning, his fifth of the season.  Two batters later, Giancarlo Stanton followed with his fourth home run, it was a two run shot.   In the blink of an eye, it was 5-0 Marlins and there were no outs recorded.     The team wouldn’t score again until the sixth when they knotted the game at six following the Padres’ rally.    A two run seventh gave the Marlins the lead preceding the aforementioned blown save.   The hero of the game offensively was Omar Infante who brought home the eventual game winner on a double in the twelfth inning.   That double was the third hit of the day for Infante who knocked in two runs overall.

The Marlins will try to win their fifth game in a row on Saturday when Mark Buehrle takes on Clayton Richard.

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