- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 14, 2009

MESA, ARIZ. (AP) - Carlos Marmol tossed the rosin bag to the ground in frustration.

Giving up a triple and hitting two consecutive batters was not the type of outing the Chicago Cubs’ right-hander expected on Saturday as he competes for the closer’s role with right-hander Kevin Gregg.

But Marmol gathered himself, as closers must do, and struck out the final two hitters to escape the third inning in a 6-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

Gregg then made his case to fill the spot vacated by Kerry Wood, pitching a 1-2-3 fourth inning. Gregg, who had a combined 61 saves the last two seasons for Florida, has given up only two hits in five scoreless appearances this spring.

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