Victor Santos (1-1) got his first win for the Pirates, who had
not been 0-6 since 1974. He allowed two runs and four hits in 5 1/3
innings, striking out five. Four relievers followed, with Roberto
Hernandez getting three outs for the save.
Dave Williams (0-1) lost to his former team in his first start
for the Reds since they acquired him in December for first baseman
Sean Casey. Williams gave up three runs -- two earned -- and five
hits in six innings.
Pittsburgh's losing streak was two shy of the franchise record
at the start of a season, set in 1955. The Pirates stopped
Cincinnati's four-game winning streak.
Pittsburgh had runners in each of the first four innings but
didn't score the game's first run until the fifth. Santos reached
leading off on third baseman Edwin Encarnacion's throwing error,
and Wilson followed one out later with his first home run of the
season. It marked the Pirates' first lead since they were ahead of
Milwaukee 1-0 after four innings on Wednesday.
Jose Castillo hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth after Jeromy
Burnitz's leadoff double for a 3-0 advantage.
Santos, making his second start for Pittsburgh after being
picked from Kansas City in the winter-meeting draft, faced the
minimum 12 batters through the first four innings. He allowed one
hit in that stretch, a second-inning leadoff single by Adam Dunn,
who was erased in a double play.
Cincinnati scored in the sixth on consecutive doubles by
pinch-hitter Brandon Phillips and Tony Womack. Felipe Lopez
followed with a one-hopper that got past third baseman Joe Randa
for a single, but Wilson hustled over from shortstop to retrieve
the ball in foul territory and threw out Womack at the plate.
Dunn was called out to end the second inning when he
rounded second base and then failing to touch it on the way back to
first after Duffy caught Scott Hatteberg's fly ball on the
center-field warning track. ... Burnitz's walk with two out in the
fourth was the first by a Reds starter in 29 innings, since Aaron
Harang walked Chicago's Michael Barrett in the sixth inning on
opening day. ... Phillips made his Reds' debut. He was acquired
from Cleveland on Friday.