MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates enjoy their roadtrips to
Brian Giles hit his 25th home run and the Pittsburgh Pirates
improved to 6-0 this season at Miller Park by holding off the
Brewers 5-3 Saturday night.
Giles has homered in each of the first three games of this
series for the Pirates, who were 24-57 on the road in 2001 and are
21-22 this year.
``Giles has been hot, especially against us,'' Jamey Wright (2-8) said after giving up two of Pittsburgh's three solo home runs.
Kevin Young and Chad Hermanson also hit home runs for the
Pirates, who are 15th in the National League with 76. But they've
hit 21 homers in 12 games against Milwaukee.
``It's uncanny,'' Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon said.
``We're not a powerful team. We're coming in at the right time and
I'd certainly say this isn't a pitcher's ballpark by any means.''
Being winless at home against the Pirates hasn't gone unnoticed
by the Brewers.
``It's frustrating because they're a team we think we're capable
of beating,'' Wright said.
Giles connected off Wright to open the scoring in the third
``Every year you do play well against certain teams,'' Giles
said. ``That's the nature of the game and there's no explanation
The Pirates added three runs in the fourth. Young hit a solo
homer, his 11th, and Jack Wilson drove in two runs with a two-out
single for a 4-0 lead.
That was all the support Kip Wells (10-6) needed to match his
victory total with the White Sox last year, his first full season
in the majors. Wells struck out four and walked two before giving
up three runs in the seventh.
Mike Williams allowed the first two runners to reach base in the
ninth before finishing for his 27th save in 29 opportunities.
``We needed one or two more hits in the ninth,'' Milwaukee
manager Jerry Royster said. ``We can't miss opportunities. We have
to do all the little things right.''
Wright left after allowing five hits and four walks while
striking out five in five innings.
Hermanson, who was 3-for-4 and scored twice, made it 5-0 with a
solo homer off Nelson Figueroa in the sixth.
Milwaukee's Matt Stairs hit a solo homer to start a three-run
rally in the seventh. After Jose Hernandez and Lenny Harris hit one-out singles, Scott Sauerbeck replaced Wells and struck out Paul
Bako. Then reliever Brian Boehringer walked pinch-hitter Alex Ochoa to load the bases, and gave up a two-run single to Alex Sanchez to make it 5-3.
Boehringer ended the threat by getting Eric Young on a popup to
Milwaukee 1B Richie Sexson didn't play for the second
straight game due to tendinitis in his left hamstring. ... In their
previous five victories this season at Miller Park, the Pirates
outscored the Brewers 26-8. ... Pittsburgh reinstated RHP Josias
Manzanillo from the 15-day DL and recalled him from his rehab
assignment at Class-A Hickory. To make room for him on the roster,
the Pirates optioned RHP Bronson Arroyo back to Triple-A Nashville.
... Sanchez stole three bases for the second time in his career.