CHICAGO -- Randy Wells went six innings against the powerful Yankees' lineup Sunday, and though the Cubs could have used seven, it was good progress for Wells, who made his fifth start since returning from the disabled list May 28 after being out with a right forearm strain.
"He threw great," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "He threw the ball real well, so that was encouraging."
Wells gave up four runs, five hits and four walks. He labored through a two-walk, two-run fourth inning that drove up his pitch count.
"I'm getting there. I'm getting better each time out," Wells said. "There's still some inconsistencies there. Obviously, you'd like to attack hitters more. The more tentative you are, you get yourself in tough spots, [I've] created a lot of tough jams [for myself] the last couple games. Especially against a team like this or the Phillies or the Cardinals, you can't really do that and expect to be successful."
After failing to go six innings in his first three starts back, Wells has pitched six in each of his past two starts. He said his arm strength is getting back to normal.
"There's a lot of things to work on, but on a positive note you've got to be happy with how I bounced back and how I feel after starts," he said.
Wells is 1-1 with a 5.70 ERA this season. He went 8-14 with a 4.26 ERA last season and 12-10 with a 3.05 ERA in 2009, his first full season as a starter for the Cubs.