CHICAGO -- As long as Carlos Marmol keeps throwing strikes, he'll remain the Cubs' closer.
Marmol picked up his first save since May 2 on Friday in Chicago's 3-0 win over Boston, although it wasn't a pretty 1-2-3 ninth as the Red Sox loaded the bases against the right-hander. He got Dustin Pedroia to hit into a force at third to end the inning and preserve the win.
"He got back in counts with his fastball and threw four, five fastballs in a row at one time," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "That's what you want to see, and that's why I put him back in there because it seems like he's capable of pulling it off."
The Cubs' bullpen has been out of whack since Marmol was removed as closer in early May, then sidelined with an injury. Now, Sveum hopes to have players in roles they are accustomed to.
The Cubs felt Marmol had his swagger back on Tuesday against the Tigers when he entered the game in the eighth and got two outs.
"He came to the mound like, 'Let's go, game on, I don't care about the past,' and you could see the emotion and conviction he was throwing the baseball with," Sveum said.