PITTSBURGH (Ticker) --
allowed two hits in seven innings and the
scored four times in the sixth inning en route to a 7-0 victory over the
Wells (9-8) threw 62 of 94 pitches for strikes, walking two and striking out four as he won for the fourth time in his last five starts.
The righthander did not allow a baserunner until pitcher
- in his first career plate appearance - singled to right field with two outs in the sixth. Wells improved to 1-4 lifetime against the Reds.
"I'm trying to get him out. I've got him 0-1, I wanted to go in on him," Wells said. "He fought it off to right field. If it were a couple of innings later, I might have been more conscious of a no-hitter. I was just trying to put up zeros."
"As long as they throw fastballs, I can put the bat on it," Randall said.
Wells has allowed just five earned runs in his last 34 2/3 innings and has a chance to finish with a winning record for the first time since going 4-1 in seven starts as a rookie with the
Chicago White Sox
"Lately I haven't overthrown a lot, I'm staying within myself," he said. "I've been able to hit the zone more, (I'm) not worrying about my mechanics."
"Wells is taking a big step forward," Pirates manager
said. "If he pitches that way he's going to be around and we'll win games. He's throwing strikes, he's keeping his stuff over the plate, not pitching off the plate."
finished up for the Pirates, allowing two hits and striking out three.
Had Wells pitched a no-hitter, not many would have witnessed it. The crowd appeared to be far less than the announced 10,390 as the game was moved from 7:05 p.m. to 12:35 due to the threat of Hurricane Isabel.
"It was quiet," Pirates second baseman
noted. "I'm not sure everybody showed up for the game. I think there might be some people showing up at 7:00."
had three hits for Pittsburgh, which won for the fifth time in seven games.
, who hit a two-run homer in Wednesday's win, had a two-run single in the sixth.
Randall (2-3) came in when starter
left before the third inning with a strained right hamstring. Randall went 3 1/3 innings, allowing four runs and five hits with three walks and four strikeouts in his fifth appearance in eight days.
"Coming in in that situation, you just try to eat up some innings," Randall said. "I wanted to get through five. They hit some ground balls that just got through. Maybe I just got a little tired and couldn't keep going."
Bale was injured running to first base when he grounded out to end the top of the third.
Reboulet walked with one out in the sixth before Redman and
followed with singles to load the bases. Randall uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Reboulet to score, and intentionally walked
to set up a potential double play.
But Randall walked pinch hitter Rob Mackowiack to force home Redman, and Stairs, batting for J.J. Davis, singled up the middle to plate Kendall and Wilson for a 4-0 lead.
Kendall had a run-scoring single off
in the seventh to make it 5-0. Pittsburgh scored its final two runs in the eighth as Reboulet's infield single scored Stairs and
threw wildly to first.