Wells (4-4) allowed an unearned run and eight hits, striking out a career-high nine without a walk. The righthander threw 116 pitches in winning for the first time in 14 home starts dating to June 26, 2002.
Since his last home win, Wells was 0-6 with a 3.36 ERA. In his first six home starts this season, Wells was 0-2 with a 2.06 ERA as the Pirates scored just 12 runs.
"It feels pretty good," Wells said. "As far as location-wise, that is what it all boils down to. I was able to hit both sides of the plate pretty well."
"Wells threw as well as he has all season," Pittsburgh manager
said. "A really strong seven innings."
Kendall extended his hitting streak with two outs in the bottom of the second, lining a 2-1 pitch from
into right field for a two-run single. An error by right fielder
allowed a third run to cross, giving Pittsburgh a 4-0 lead.
Kendall has the longest current hitting streak in the major leagues. He is hitting .389 (37-for-95) during his tear, which is the third of more than 20 games by a Pirate this season.
Kendall also became the third Pirate to catch 1,000 games. Only
(1,037) have caught more games in a Pittsburgh uniform.
traded to Philadelphia earlier Sunday, the Pirates went to
to start the ninth, trying to protect a 6-3 lead. Sauerbeck stumbled and was replaced by
, who picked up his first career save.
Sauerbeck, who has four blown saves this season, opened the ninth by surrendering a base hit to pinch hitter
John Vander Wal
and issuing a four-pitch walk to
"Getting the first save was pretty far out," Lincoln said. "There was an adrenaline rush and everything. I just want the ball when I get it."
Ford (0-3) lasted just 2 1/3 innings and was roughed up for five runs and six hits.
"It's pretty disappointing," Ford said "I really wanted to get six or seven innings deep into this game. I really didn't do the job."
The rookie lefthander fell behind when
led off the second with his 16th homer. The Pirates built their lead to 5-0 on
's 12th homer leading off the third. Ramirez also delivered an RBI single in the fourth for a 6-0 advantage.
The Brewers had 12 hits but stranded nine runners, including one in every inning but the fifth and ninth.
"We went through another game where we didn't get the key hit," Ginter said. "Wells seemed on top of his game. He threw strikes when he needed to, but we still had many chances."