Wells looks to finally notch his first win of the season as the Pirates aim to complete a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres in the finale of their set at Qualcomm Stadium.
After allowing four runs to Cincinnati on April 2, the 26-year-old right-hander has surrendered just six runs over his next four starts.
Yet, Wells is 0-1 this season because the Pirates have scored just nine runs combined during those four outings and the bullpen couldn’t hold slim leads.
“It’s just part of the game,” Wells said. “You can’t say ‘poor me.’
Wells allowed just two runs and six hits over 8 1-3 innings Friday, but didn’t figure in the decision of Pittsburgh’s 5-2 loss because closer Mike Williams couldn’t get the final two outs.
Williams’ ineptitude ran Wells’ winless streak to 10 games, dating to last season.
“I just try to stay positive, build off of it and leave the rest of it behind because it’s only going to drag you down,” said Wells, who struck out six without allowing a walk against the Dodgers.
The Pirates will look to win three straight for the first time since opening the season with a four-game win streak.
Pittsburgh followed up Tuesday’s 7-2 victory with an 8-5 win Wednesday.,
Adam Hyzdu hit a grand slam and made two outstanding catches in the outfield for the Bucs. The homer was the first of the season for Hyzdu, who was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on April 12. Three of Hyzdu’s 18 career home runs have been grand slams.
Ryan Klesko hit a three-run homer for the Padres, who have lost four straight and 10 of 13.
Klesko is batting .286 (13-for-45) with six home runs, 15 RBIs and 10 runs scored over his last 12 games.
STANDINGS: Pirates - 3rd place, 2 1/2 GB, NL Central. Padres - 5th place, 9 1/2 GB, NL West.
PIRATES PROBABLE STARTER: Wells (0-1, 2.87 ERA). Opponents are hitting just .186 and have an on-base percentage of .292 this season against Wells, who is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in two career starts against San Diego.
PADRES PROBABLE STARTER: Jake Peavy (4-1, 3.99 ERA). Peavy opened the season with a three-game win streak before suffering an 8-0 loss at Colorado on April 20. The 21-year-old right-hander rebounded quickly from that setback, allowing just three hits and two runs over 6 1-3 innings of Friday’s 7-3 win over Cincinnati, striking out a season-high nine and walking three. Peavy makes his first career appearance against the Pirates.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Pirates - Jason Kendall, .315 avg.; Reggie Sanders, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs and 16 runs; Sanders and Kenny Lofton, 4 SBs. Padres - Mark Kotsay, .279 avg.; Klesko and Rondell White, 7 HRs; Klesko, 22 RBIs; Ramon Vazquez and Xavier Nady, 15 runs; Mark Kotsay, 3 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Pirates, 2-0.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Pirates - The Pirates have scored more than three runs only five times this season. … Pittsburgh’s 8-3 road mark is the third-best record in the majors behind the New York Yankees (13-3) and San Francisco (11-4). … SS Jack Wilson is riding a 49-game errorless streak, dating back to the final 26 games of last season. Wilson and Anaheim’s David Eckstein are the only shortstops in the majors who haven’t committed an error this season. Padres - San Diego’s starting pitchers have combined to give up 12 runs on 14 hits in 6 1-3 innings in the first two games of this series. They have also walked five, thrown five wild pitches and hit two batters. … San Diego finished April with a losing record for the 23rd time in 34 seasons. … INF Vazquez has reached base safely in 11 consecutive games and is batting .295 (13-for-44) with seven walks.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Pirates - 8-3 on the road; Padres - 5-7 at home.
INJURIES: Pirates - OF Brian Giles (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Josh Fogg (abdominal), 15-day DL; RHP Mike Lincoln (shoulder), 60-day DL; LHP Dave Williams (shoulder), 60-day DL; IF Pat Meares (hand), 60-day DL. Padres - C Gary Bennett (knee), 15-day DL; OF Phil Nevin (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Kevin Jarvis (elbow), 15-day DL; LHP Kevin Walker (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Jay Witasick (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Trevor Hoffman (shoulder), 60-day DL.