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Saved by the Bell

5/5/2011

Trevor Bell started walking toward the dugout after Kevin Youkilis sent a ball screaming toward the top of the Green Monster in the bottom of the 12th inning. He figured the ball was gone or that Marco Scutaro would score from first base even if it hit the wall.

But Vernon Wells played the ball cleanly on the carom and he and Erick Aybar both made crisp throws to get Scutaro at the plate fairly easily. Bell had to play it cool at that point.

"My first step was toward the dugout," Bell said. "I kind of saw it wasn't going to go out, so I started backing up toward the plate."

Bell is always on shaky grounds when he's on the Angels' roster, in jeopardy of being sent down to Triple-A any time the Angels need a fresh arm -- and Michael Kohn has been pitching well at Salt Lake -- so he was excited about his strong effort in the Angels' marathon game that started Wednesday night. Bell pitched four scoreless innings and got his first relief victory in nearly a year.

"There's always a small window for everybody," Bell said. "I love the bullpen, I love starting, so hopefully that kind of opens up a door to keep a spot either way."