After a dud of an April for the Marlins and Heath Bell, May began on a brighter note.

"I think a lot of people sort of said 'April is gone, new month,'" said Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco following the 2-1 victory over the Giants at AT&T Park.

Nolasco delivered a dandy, setup reliever Edward Mujica came through big-time with an eighth-inning rescue, and Bell pitched a perfect ninth to preserve the win.

Never mind that the Marlins continued to struggle at the plate. They managed only two runs against Giants starter Matt Cain. One of those was a line drive home run by Giancarlo Stanton, his second in three days.