Carlos Marmol knows the numbers as well as any of the critics calling for manager Dale Sveum to demote him from the closer role.

He also knows that he went more than two weeks between save opportunities, that the Cubs' lousy start has left him with nothing close to a regular work schedule and that Sveum had his back after he gave up an eighth-inning home run Tuesday to the St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday for his second blown save in three chances.

But the one thing he's most sure — and emphatic — about is, ''I don't make no excuses,'' he said.

Marmol called the pitch to Holliday a ''mistake'' slider that missed his intended spot by more than six inches.