Series: Game 3 of 3

Pittsburgh won 3-0

Game 1: Tuesday, April 29
San Diego2
Game 2: Wednesday, April 30
San Diego5
Game 3: Thursday, May 1
San Diego2

Pirates 5

(13-14, 9-3 away)

Padres 2

(10-18, 5-8 home)

    5:05 PM ET, May 1, 2003

    Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California 

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    SD 100000010 2 4 0

    W: K. Wells (1-1)

    L: J. Peavy (4-2)

    S: M. Williams (7)

    Wells picks up first win of the year in sweep

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Something about San Diego sure agreed with Jack Wilson, Kip Wells and the rest of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    Wilson hit a three-run homer and Wells pitched into the eighth inning for his first win this season as the Pirates beat the Padres 5-2 on Thursday for a three-game sweep.

    The Pirates came into the series having scored just 11 runs in five straight home losses, then outscored San Diego 20-9. Whatever they lacked at home they were able to find on the start of a trip that continues with series at Los Angeles and Houston.

    "Clear your minds, get away from home, go out to the West Coast," said Wilson, who grew up just north of Los Angeles. "A lot of us live here, there's a lot of stuff to do, and just have fun."

    Wilson, in his second full season as the Pirates' shortstop, hit in the No. 2 spot for the seventh straight time and extended his recent success. He keyed a three-run first inning Tuesday night, then homered in consecutive games for the first time in his career. He's hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games.

    "He's come up big for us," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He's done a super job. He's in a little stretch where he's really sparked us.

    "If he keeps going like this, he'll be the MVP of the league," McClendon joked.

    "Not with a 1-for-5, 1-for-5," Wilson said, reciting his line for the last two games. "I guess I'm a home run hitter now because I strike out three times after I hit one."

    Wilson connected off Jake Peavy (4-2) with two outs in the second inning, driving a 1-1 pitch into the seats in left field to break a 1-1 tie.

    McClendon thought Wilson homered on a slider, but the shortstop said it was a changeup.

    "If he'd have thrown a slider, I probably would have done what I did with all the rest of them -- swing and miss. He's got good stuff. It just kind of floated out of his hand, I saw it real good and I just threw the head out there."

    Said Peavy: "I don't know what I was trying to do. It was a bad pitch in a bad place."

    Wells (1-1) won for the first time in six starts. He was chased on his 105th pitch, allowing Mark Loretta's pinch-hit home run leading off the eighth.

    Wells, coming off three straight no-decisions, allowed two runs and four hits, struck out eight and walked five. He pitched into the ninth inning in his previous start, but the Pirates lost 5-2 to Los Angeles.

    McClendon said Wells pitched better in his previous four starts.

    "That's the life of a starter, and why you can't base all your outings on wins and losses," Wells said.

    "I was trying to throw a lot of strikes and have quick innings, but at the same time I felt I was too vague in where I was trying to throw the ball. Mechanically, I was a little bit out of whack early on, but fortunately I got it under control and had some better innings as the game went on."

    Mike Williams worked a perfect ninth for his seventh save in eight chances.

    Peavy struck out nine in seven innings. He took a 1-0 lead into the second but quickly lost it when Rob Mackowiak doubled with one out and scored on Abraham Nunez's single. With two outs, Kenny Lofton walked ahead of Wilson's homer.

    Jason Kendall added an RBI single in the ninth for Pittsburgh. The Pirates got three walks, four stolen bases and a wild pitch in the inning, but scored only one run.

    San Diego's Ramon Vazquez doubled leading off the first and scored on Ryan Klesko's one-out single.

    Peavy allowed four runs on seven hits. He walked one.

    Padres right fielder Shane Victorino had a scary moment when he stumbled over the bullpen mound going after Pokey Reese's long foul ball in the ninth and plowed into the base of the seats with his shoulder. After laying motionless for a few minutes, Victorino got up and stayed in the game.

    "It's a deep bruise, like a rug burn," Victorino said. "Hopefully, nothing more than that."

    Game notes
    Pirates hitting coach Gerald Perry was ejected for arguing with umpires after Aramis Ramirez struck out to end the first inning. Perry came onto the field after Ramirez fanned on a checked swing and had to be pushed away from first base umpire Bill Welke. ... The Padres optioned struggling LHP Oliver Perez to Triple-A Portland, less than 24 hours after he lasted just three innings against Pittsburgh. The 21-year-old Perez (1-3, 8.23 ERA) was replaced on the roster by left-hander Mike Bynum. It was the fifth time in six starts that Perez failed to pitch past the fifth inning.

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