The Reds’ ace is 4-0 with a 1.54 ERA in six home starts this season, and is unbeaten in his last eight with a 1.87 ERA dating to a 2-0 loss to Arizona on Aug. 12, 2003.
Wilson missed a chance to become the first Reds starter to begin a season 8-0 since Mike LaCoss did so in 1979, losing 7-4 to the New York Mets at Shea Stadium on Tuesday. He allowed a season high-tying six runs and nine hits over 6 2-3 innings. He also struck out a season-high nine.
“It’s a test. The whole year’s been a test for me,” said Wilson, who has given up more than three runs just four times in 14 starts this season.
The Reds had their six-game home winning streak snapped with Saturday’s 1-0 loss. It was just their fourth defeat in their last 11 games overall.
Ken Griffey Jr. went 0-for-4 Saturday, and is 1-for-23 in five games since hitting his 500th career home run last Sunday in St. Louis.
The Pirates have won just two of their last nine.
Randall Simon, who was on the disabled list from April 26 through May 27 because of a strained left hamstring, hit his first home run of the season in the ninth inning Saturday for Pittsburgh.
“I was just trying to hit the ball hard and have the feeling that I used to have,” Simon said. “It’s tough getting through those injuries, but a game like this gives me confidence—and I’m not worried about my hamstrings.”