Bell extends Majors' longest saves streak

Bell extends Majors' longest saves streak

HOUSTON -- The save that Padres closer Heath Bell earned on Friday in a 4-2 victory over the Astros was the first for the All-Star since April 5.

Of more significance is the fact Bell has converted his last 37 save opportunities since May 29, which is the longest active streak in the Major Leagues.

It's also the third-longest streak in Padres history behind Trevor Hoffman's 41 consecutive saves in 1998 and 38 consecutive in 2005.

This is the longest save streak in the Major Leagues since Brad Lidge of the Phillies saved 47 consecutive games from '07 to '09, which, oddly enough, the Padres snapped on April 18, 2009.

Bell earned his third save of the season on Friday, though he allowed a run in the ninth inning.

"We still persevered and got the job done," Bell said.