PITTSBURGH, May 14 (UPI) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have been looking for some offense from the center field position. Tuesday, Chad Hermansen gave them what they wanted.
The recently recalled Hermansen belted a two-run homer and Kip Wells and two relievers combined on a six-hitter as the Pirates edged the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1.
Hermansen's first homer in two years, a shot to left off Diamondbacks starter Brian Anderson (0-3) in the third inning, scored Wells and gave the Pirates a 2-0 lead.
In three games since being recalled from Class AAA Nashville, Hermansen is 5-for-11 with a double, homer and three stolen bases. He batted just .196 with the Sounds.
Wells (5-2) allowed Tony Womack's RBI groundout in the fifth and five hits over 6 1/3 innings with a walk and six strikeouts.
Scott Sauerbeck fired 1 2/3 scoreless frames before giving way to Mike Williams, who notched his major league-leading 14th save in as many chances.
With the win, the Pirates avoided being swept in their three-game series against Arizona, which fell to 2-3 on its six-game road trip.
Anderson took the loss despite giving up just two runs and seven hits in seven innings.