Ninth inning. Two out. Tying runs on base and a red-hot hitter at the plate. This was why the Marlins signed Heath Bell.

Gregor Blanco, who entered the at-bat 8 for his last 13 with three extra-base hits, swung through the 0-2 pitch, giving the Marlins a 5-3 win Saturday. The problem with that scene: Bell was in the dugout.

For the second time in as many nights, Bell started the ninth with a three-run lead. His results dictated that manager Ozzie Guillen remove him. Bell gave up a leadoff single to Angel Pagan and walked two of the next three batters.

"As a manager, the last thing you want to do is take your closer out every day," Guillen said. "It's not an easy decision. We've given him every opportunity we can to come out of this, and once again he can't get it done. Don't ask me what's the reason. … I'm not going to lose a game at that particular time when we're playing that well."

The Marlins established a new club record for May victories, improving to 18-7. They are one shy of matching the franchise standard for any month, established in August 1997.