Pittsburgh has won consecutive games for the first team this season, following a pair of 2-0 victories over Houston this week. The Pirates have won four of five overall, and have gotten solid performances from their starting pitchers in each game.
In the four victories, Pittsburgh’s rotation has allowed 16 hits and four earned runs over 26 2-3 innings for a 1.35 ERA.
Kip Wells continued the dominance on Wednesday against Houston, allowing four hits over seven innings as the Pirates won a series for the first time this season. Oliver Perez shut out the Astros for 7 2-3 innings Monday.
“It’s huge for us to have Oliver and Kip throw great games, because pitching is what’s going to carry us,” said Pirates outfielder Jason Bay, who went 3-for-3 with an RBI on Wednesday.
Redman will try to keep the run going. Acquired in a trade that sent catcher Jason Kendall to Oakland, the veteran left-hander leads Pittsburgh starters with a 2.39 ERA.
“When the light comes on, (Redman’s) ready to pitch,” Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon said.
San Francisco has also won two straight, including a 10-3 victory over San Diego on Wednesday.
“It’s good for the team and good for me to have a game like that on my birthday,” said Feliz, among the league leaders with 21 RBIs. “I just go out there and have fun. I don’t put too much on my mind. I got in the right position and right spot to put the team into position to win and I’m happy to have the ‘W’ today.”
San Francisco won a season-high three in a row from April 8-10.