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Pittsburgh finally in win column as Wilson hits two-run homer

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CINCINNATI -- After losing their first six games of the season by a combined 10 runs, the Pittsburgh Pirates found out how to win a close game.

Jack Wilson hit a two-run homer and the Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-3 Sunday to give Jim Tracy his first win as Pittsburgh's manager.

"We played well enough on this road trip to win some of those games," said Tracy, who took over in Pittsburgh after five seasons as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. "We still have to address some of those little things that kept us from winning, but we were right in every game."

Victor Santos (1-1) got his first win for the Pirates, who had not been 0-6 since 1974. He allowed two runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out five.

Four relievers followed, with Roberto Hernandez getting three outs for the save. It was the 325th of his career, moving him past Troy Percival for sole possession of 10th place.

Dave Williams (0-1) lost to his former team in his first start for the Reds since they acquired him in December for first baseman Sean Casey. Williams gave up three runs -- two earned -- and five hits in six innings.

"It was exciting to get out there and pitch against my old team," Williams said. "I just felt like this first outing was a building block for the season."

Pittsburgh's losing streak was two shy of the franchise record at the start of a season, set in 1955. The Pirates stopped Cincinnati's four-game winning streak.

Pittsburgh had runners in each of the first four innings, but didn't score the game's first run until the fifth. Santos reached leading off on third baseman Edwin Encarnacion's throwing error, and Wilson followed one out later with his first home run of the season. It marked the Pirates' first lead since they were ahead of Milwaukee 1-0 after four innings on Wednesday.

"Santos put the ball in play and got on base," Wilson said. "I was looking for a changeup and got it. I was glad to give him a lead with the way he was pitching."

Jose Castillo hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth after Jeromy Burnitz's leadoff double for a 3-0 advantage.

"Getting the lead changes the way we go about our business," Tracy said. "You're not playing catchup -- I don't mean from a run or two, but from four or five, where you have to slug your way out."

Santos, making his second start for Pittsburgh after being picked from Kansas City in the winter-meeting draft, faced the minimum 12 batters through the first four innings. He allowed one hit in that stretch, a second-inning leadoff single by Adam Dunn, who was erased in a double play.

"I just kept the ball down on a consistent basis," Santos said. "They're a good-hitting team."

Cincinnati, which failed to homer for the first time this year, scored in the sixth on consecutive doubles by pinch-hitter Brandon Phillips and Tony Womack. Felipe Lopez followed with a one-hopper that got past third baseman Joe Randa for a single, but Wilson hustled over from shortstop to retrieve the ball in foul territory and threw out Womack at the plate.

Lopez went to second and scored on Ken Griffey Jr.s' double off Damaso Marte, cutting Pittsburgh's lead to 3-2.

Pittsburgh added a pair of runs in the seventh off Matt Belisle on Chris Duffy's RBI double and Jason Bay's sacrifice fly. Griffey hit another RBI double in the eighth, off Mike Gonzalez.

"The offense did what they had to do. It just came up a little short," Williams said.

Notes

  • Dunn was called out to end the second inning when he rounded second base and then failing to touch it on the way back to first after Duffy caught Scott Hatteberg's fly ball on the center-field warning track.
  • Burnitz's walk with two out in the fourth was the first by a Reds starter in 29 innings, since Aaron Harang walked Chicago's Michael Barrett in the sixth inning on opening day.
  • Phillips made his Reds' debut. He was acquired from Cleveland on Friday.
 
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Pittsburgh Pirates
Chris Duffy, CF5111022 .130
Jack Wilson, SS3112001 .333
Jason Bay, LF3011000 .375
Craig Wilson, 1B4000011 .273
Jeromy Burnitz, RF3120110 .240
Joe Randa, 3B2000102 .182
    Salomon Torres, P0000000 .000
   a- Nate McLouth, PH1000010 .154
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
    Roberto Hernandez, P0000000 .000
Jose Castillo, 2B2001021 .417
Humberto Cota, C4000014 .083
Victor Santos, P2110000 .250
    Damaso Marte, P0000000 .000
    Freddy Sanchez, 3B2110000 .500
Totals315752811 
a-struck out for Torres in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Duffy (2, Belisle), Jeromy Burnitz 2 (2, D. Williams, D. Williams)
HR - Jack Wilson (1, D. Williams)
SF - Jason Bay (1), Jose Castillo (1)
SH - Jack Wilson (1)
RBI - Chris Duffy (1), Jack Wilson 2 (4), Jason Bay (2), Jose Castillo (5)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Chris Duffy 1
DP - Duffy-Castillo-J. Wilson
E - Jack Wilson (3, misplayed grounder)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Victor Santos (W,1-1) 5.1422250 4.66
Damaso Marte (H,1) 0.1100010 6.75
Salomon Torres (H,2) 1.1100010 8.44
Mike Gonzalez (H,1) 1111130 9.00
Roberto Hernandez (S,1) 1000010 0.00
WP - Roberto Hernandez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Victor Santos 86-46, Damaso Marte 7-5, Salomon Torres 16-9, Mike Gonzalez 27-15, Roberto Hernandez 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Victor Santos 4-5, Salomon Torres 2-1, Roberto Hernandez 3-0
Batters Faced - Victor Santos 20, Damaso Marte 2, Salomon Torres 5, Mike Gonzalez 5, Roberto Hernandez 4
Cincinnati Reds
Tony Womack, 2B3011000 .400
   a- Ryan Freel, PH-2B0100100 .545
Felipe Lopez, SS4110022 .400
Ken Griffey Jr., CF4022010 .240
Adam Dunn, LF4010022 .381
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B3000123 .211
Scott Hatteberg, 1B3000101 .222
Austin Kearns, RF4000023 .320
Javier Valentin, C4010003 .313
Dave Williams, P1000010 .000
   b- Brandon Phillips, PH11100001.000
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
   c- Andy Abad, PH1000001 .000
    Kent Mercker, P0000000 .000
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
   d- Rich Aurilia, PH1000011 .250
Totals3337331116 
a-walked for Womack in the 8th
b-doubled for D. Williams in the 6th
c-flied out for Belisle in the 7th
d-struck out for Coffey in the 9th
Batting
2B - Tony Womack (2, Santos), Ken Griffey Jr. 2 (2, Marte, Gonzalez), Brandon Phillips (1, Santos)
RBI - Tony Womack (3), Ken Griffey Jr. 2 (6)
SB - Felipe Lopez (2, 3rd base off Marte/Cota)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Hatteberg
E - Edwin Encarnacion (2, throwing error), Javier Valentin (1, )
Cincinnati Reds
Dave Williams (L,0-1) 6532231 3.00
Matt Belisle 1222010 9.00
Kent Mercker 1000030 4.50
Todd Coffey 1000010 2.45
HBP - Castillo (by Dave Williams)
Pitches-Strikes - Dave Williams 97-58, Matt Belisle 14-11, Kent Mercker 19-10, Todd Coffey 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Williams 5-10, Matt Belisle 1-1, Todd Coffey 2-0
Batters Faced - Dave Williams 26, Matt Belisle 5, Kent Mercker 3, Todd Coffey 3
Game Information
Attendance - 22088
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 48
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Larry Poncino