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Updated: Thursday, May 1, 2003 9:48 PM EDT
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Pittsburgh Pirates
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R H E
5 9 0
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2 4 0
W Wells (1-1)
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PITTSBURGH 5, SAN DIEGO 2
 

SAN DIEGO (Ticker) -- It took a month, but Kip Wells finally got the result he deserved.

Wells tossed seven effective innings for his first win of the season and Jack Wilson belted a three-run homer as the Pittsburgh Pirates completed a three-game sweep in their final visit to Qualcomm Stadium with a 5-2 triumph over the San Diego Padres .

Winless in his last 11 starts, Wells (1-1) allowed two runs and four hits with five walks and eight strikeouts. Leaving after surrendering a leadoff homer to pinch hitter Mark Loretta in the eighth, Wells gained his first victory since August 24 at Milwaukee.

"The win thing wasn't really something I was dwelling on like you all have done," said Wells, who had allowed three runs or fewer in his previous four starts. "I am concerned about quality starts and I know I have had some good games recently, so win or lose, sometimes it is out of my hands. But it was nice to get the win and get it off my back and out of the way and at the same time, finish up a sweep of these guys and get some momentum going into this weekend."

"He hadn't gotten a win in a long time and we got a lead for him," Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said. "Out of his last four starts, this was the worst one, and this is the one he got the win in. He settled down when he had to and made pitches."

Wilson snapped a 1-1 tie in the second inning, swatting Jake Peavy 's 1-1 offering over the left field wall for his second homer of the season.

"I just made a bad pitch in that inning. What can I say?" Peavy said. "You hate to see outings like that, but I just try to stay away from the bad inning. But I just made a bad pitch."

Mike Williams worked the ninth to record his seventh save and clinch the Pirates' first series sweep at San Diego since September 1-3, 2000.

Peavy (4-2) failed to become the National League's first five-game winner, yielding four runs and seven hits in seven innings with a walk and nine strikeouts.

Losers of their previous four contests, the Padres took a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

Ramon Vazquez opened the frame with a double to left-center field and stole third. After Keith Lockhart struck out, Ryan Klesko slapped a single to right, plating Vazquez.

Pittsburgh answered with four runs in the second and never looked back.

With one out, Rob Mackowiak doubled and scored on Abraham Nunez 's single to right. Peavy fanned Wells and walked Kenny Lofton before serving up Wilson's homer for a 4-1 Pirates lead.

"He had me off-balance all day," Wilson said. "He has a great slider and a really good fastball, so he threw a changeup up there and I really hadn't seen that. I didn't know he threw changeups against righties, so I just threw the head out on it and got a piece of it."

"He's the guy I wanted to face in that situation," Peavy said. "In the other three at-bats, I did what I needed to do. But I made that one bad pitch and it cost me the ballgame."

Wells cruised through the next six innings, allowing just one hit, before Loretta belted his first pitch into the left field seats to draw the Padres within two runs.

"I got some runs early and tried to throw a lot of strikes, but I also felt at times I was too vague where I was trying to throw the ball," Wells said. "I wasn't trying to throw to spots, I was trying to throw strikes. But it really didn't work because I was flying off the ball and mechanically, I was out of whack early.

"Fortunately, I was able to come under control and stay within myself and then had some better innings as the game went on. I tried to work fast and keep my fielders on their toes. When you work fast, good things happen for you."

The Pirates added an insurance run in the ninth against Jaret Wright .

Nunez drew a leadoff walk and stole second and third around a strikeout. Lofton walked, stole second, moved to third on a forceout and scored on Jason Kendall 's single to right.

"It's tough to go out there when you're down," Klesko said. "We've been playing with a lot of early deficits lately. But that will change. We've got some great talent on this team and we're going to turn it around."


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