Marlins Beat Astros 5-3 In 12 Innings

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Omar Infante of the Miami Marlins (credit: Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Omar Infante of the Miami Marlins (credit: Bob Levey/Getty Images)

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HOUSTON (AP) – Miami manager Ozzie Guillen was certainly happy to end the road trip with a win after a 12th-inning hit by Omar Infante.

More exciting for him, though, was the performance of starter Josh Johnson and former closer Heath Bell on Wednesday night.

Infante’s bases-loaded two RBI single in the 12th inning lifted the Marlins to a 5-3 win over the Astros.

Before that, Johnson rebounded from two straight tough outings by allowing four hits and two runs with six strikeouts in seven innings. Bell, who was demoted from the closer spot last week, allowed a hit in a scoreless 10th.

“I think the best news I saw was Bell and J.J. throwing the ball outstanding,” Guillen said. “To me that was very important. I wanted those guys to go out there and have some success.”

Guillen demoted Bell, a three-time All-Star, after he blew his fourth save in seven opportunities on Friday. He hopes Bell will pitch well enough to earn his job back soon.

“I want to see him throw the ball the way he did today with confidence,” Guillen said. “I believe we’re a better ball club with him as a closer.”

Bell didn’t have much to say about his performance and wouldn’t say when he expects to close again.

“I want my job back, it’s up to Ozzie when I get my job back,” Bell said.

Logan Morrison singled in the 12th before a walk by Giancarlo Stanton. Greg Dobbs grounded into a force out at second and left runners on the corners. Reliever David Carpenter (0-2) walked John Buck with two outs to load the bases and set up Infante’s game-winner.

The victory improved the Marlins to 8-1 on their nine-game road trip.


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