7/22 Marmol back as closer

Carlos Marmol needed one more tune-up on Friday, and now is back as the Cubs’ closer. He struck out both batters he faced in the eighth to help preserve the 4-2 win over the Astros.

“He’s a closer and he pitched like it today,” Mike Quade said.

Marmol was given a few days to work with pitching coach Mark Riggins to get his mechanics straightened out. Before the game, Quade said he hoped everything was back to normal. But Riggins wanted Marmol to be the set-up man before he pitched the ninth. Sean Marshall got the final three outs for his third save.

“I feel very good now,” Marmol said after the game. “I’ve got my confidence back.”

Carlos Zambrano gave his support to his teammate.

“Marmol’s a good pitcher and he’s a great closer,” Zambrano said. “But he’s human, too. The most important thing is he keeps his head up, like I told him the other day, and comes back ready.

“He has to try to be the same guy that he was last year and the year before and the year he went to the All-Star Game,” Zambrano said. “That’s what the game is about is making adjustments and come back stronger after a bad outing. Consistency is the most important thing in baseball.”

— Carrie Muskat

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