Closers generally don't get any additional gratification out of saving games for one starter over another.

Yet Friday might have been a little different. That Heath Bell closed out a 3-2 victory over the Indians for Carlos Zambrano meant a little more.

Three times this season Bell had a hand in costing Zambrano wins. His first two blown saves came in Zambrano starts. In another Zambrano outing, Steve Cishek was charged with the blown save, but it was Bell who created the mess.

Throughout it all, Zambrano has been nothing if not even-tempered and supportive.

"He's been there for me from day one," said Bell, who tossed a one-two-three ninth. "It feels really good for him to have my back when times were hard and for us to go out there and give him a win. He started out the year pitching awesome and for some reason the bullpen never helped him out. He just kept patting us on the back and supporting us."

Awesome wouldn't be an accurate portray of Zambrano's latest outing. He improved to 2-2 and gave up just four hits through seven innings, but the right-hander also walked five and spent the better part of the night at Progressive Field behind in the count. Zambrano went 2-0 on 15 of the 30 batters he faced.

Just 47.3 percent of his 110 pitches were in the zone, but he held the Indians to one hit in four at-bats with runners in scoring position.

"I still had command, and even if I walked five guys I was able to get the next guy out and be aggressive," said Zambrano, whose ERA is 1.96 after a seventh consecutive quality start. "That's the thing I've been doing all season long."

Indians catcher Carlos Santana made starter Justin Masterson's job a little easier. He threw out three would-be base stealers — Omar Infante, Emilio Bonifacio and Bryan Petersen — all at second base. That matched the Marlins' caught stealing total from their previous 18 games combined. During that stretch the Marlins were successful on 24 of 27 stolen base attempts.