Bell bailed the Mets out of a tight spot in the bottom of the ninth, relieving Dae-Sung Koo and inducing a 1-2-3 double play from Neifi Perez to end the inning. The Mets had tied the game in the top of the ninth on a two-out, run-scoring single by Eric Valent.
Starter Victor Zambrano went six innings, allowing three runs on three hits while walking four and striking out four. Opponent Mark Prior was better, however, going seven strong innings and limiting the Mets to just a two-run Victor Diaz double in a two-hit, seven-strikeout performance.
The Mets dropped the series to the Cubs, 2-1, and fell to 18-17 overall.
Randolph told reporters that it is still too early to start "jumping ship" regarding Koo, but was clearly not pleased with Koo's performance to date. Koo has a 5.00 ERA in 13 appearances so far this season, and opponents are batting .306 against the Korean-born reliever.
"He can't do that. That's for sure," Randolph told reporters. "That's not why I brought him in."
Tom Glavine (1-4, 6.87) heads to the hill looking to reverse his recent struggles of late – Glavine has not won in his last three starts, allowing no fewer than four runs in any of those outings. Jason Marquis (5-1, 3.26) gets the start for St. Louis.