Pittsburgh (62-70) at Milwaukee (56-75)

  • Game info: 2:05 pm EDT Thu Sep 2, 2004
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Dave Williams has not started a major league game in more than two years.

He’ll make his return to the mound when the Pittsburgh Pirates meet the Milwaukee Brewers in the finale of their four-game series at Miller Park.

The 25-year-old left-hander made nine starts for the Pirates in 2002 before undergoing season-ending surgery on his left shoulder. He worked his way back to the majors earlier this month, but then suffered a rib cage strain after making four appearances out of the bullpen.

“It was frustrating,” Williams said. “I got up here and didn’t contribute to the team.”

Williams, who was 3-7 with a 3.71 ERA as a rookie in 2001, threw a simulated game on Monday and will be on a limited pitch count.

“I get a chance to come back up, pitch in the big leagues and show that I can start and do the things I used to do,” Williams said.

The Pirates had lost three of four before rallying for a 5-2 win over the Brewers in 10 innings Wednesday. After Craig Wilson hit a game-tying, pinch-hit homer in the ninth, Ty Wigginton drove home the go-ahead run with an infield single in the top of the 10th.

The Brewers, who snapped a season-high 12-game losing streak with a 4-2 win Tuesday, have not won consecutive home games since sweeping a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs from July 5-7.

Milwaukee closer Dan Kolb, who surrendered Wilson’s homer in the ninth on Wednesday, was denied his 36th save, which would have moved him within one of the franchise record set by Bob Wickman in 1999.

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D. Williams WAS vs. B. Sheets ATL
2-3 Record 12-14
4.42 ERA 2.70
33 K 264
13 BB 32
1.14 WHIP 0.98