MIAMI (Ticker) --
recorded four hits and drove in two runs as the
' four-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory.
Kendall, who registered his first four-hit game since June 29 against Colorado, snapped a 1-1 tie with an RBI single in the fifth. He then gave the Pirates a 3-1 lead with a run-scoring double in the seventh.
"See it and hit it," Kendall said. "That's just the way I approach things at the plate. You just can't go up there and think too much."
"Jason's been great the entire second half," Pirates manager
said. "It seems he's been getting two or three hits every night. Guys are getting on base and that's forcing pitchers to throw him strikes."
The defeat also ended the Marlins' seven-game home winning streak and dropped them into a tie with Philadelphia atop the National League wild card race.
"We didn't hit tonight," Florida manager Jack McKeon said. "We had some opportunities but didn't score runs in the clutch."
(7-7) earned the win, allowing two runs and six hits in seven-plus innings with four walks and three strikeouts.
"He made his manager very happy," McClendon said. "That's what he's capable of every start. He went deep in the game and that's all I can ask of him."
"He (Wells) mixes everything and didn't make a mistake over the white part of the plate," Marlins left fielder
Wells outdueled rookie
(11-6), who yielded three runs - two earned - and six hits in 6 2/3 innings. It was Willis' fourth straight setback.
"Overall, I'm pleased with the way I pitched," Willis said. "They seemed to put just enough wood on their hits to drive in those runs and it's too bad we came up just short."
retired all six batters he faced for his 14th save as the Pirates improved to 4-0 against the Marlins this season.
Wells left after walking
to start the eighth and pinch runner
and Pierre moved up
's sacrifice. But the Marlins got only one run in the inning on
Castillo had two sacrifices, but went 0-for-2, ending his 15-game hitting streak.
The Marlins grabbed a 1-0 lead on Willis' RBI single in the second, but the Pirates answered in the third, tying the game on singles by
, Kendall and
In the fifth, Redman singled with one out, took second on Willis' throwing error, moved to third on
's flyout and scored the go-ahead on Kendall's single.
"He's (Kendall) the guy who's just killing us," McKeon said. "Against him, you can't pitch the ball up. He's just a clutch hitter. What can you say?"
Willis got the first two outs in the seventh, but left after walking Wilson. Kendall greeted
with an RBI double to left-center field that gave the Pirates a two-run cushion.
Willis' RBI single snapped Florida's 19-inning scoreless streak against the Pirates.