Series: Game 3 of 4

Pittsburgh leads 2-1 (as of 9/10)

Game 1: Monday, September 8
Game 2: Tuesday, September 9
Game 3: Wednesday, September 10
Game 4: Thursday, September 11

Pirates 6

(76-69, 32-41 away)

Phillies 3

(67-78, 34-40 home)

    Coverage:  CSN

    7:05 PM ET, September 10, 2014

    Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    PIT 200022000 6 13 0
    PHI 010200000 3 4 0

    W: V. Worley (7-4)

    L: J. Williams (3-1)

    S: M. Melancon (28)

    Pirates-Phillies Preview

    Vance Worley emerged in 2011 when he won 11 games and helped the Philadelphia Phillies capture a fifth straight division title.

    He hasn't enjoyed that kind of success since but could be headed back to the postseason with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    Worley returns to Philadelphia to face his first big league club for the first time Wednesday night as these clubs continue a four-game set.

    This contest will likely be a special moment for Worley (6-4, 3.05 ERA), who went 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA in 2011 and finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting with the Phillies. He was traded after the next season to Minnesota for Ben Revere.

    The right-hander made 10 starts in 2013 for the Twins before he was traded in spring training this year to Pittsburgh. He pitched at Triple-A Indianapolis before his contract was purchased from the minors June 15.

    Worley pitched into the sixth inning in his first eight starts after the All-Star break before giving up three runs in 4 2/3 innings in Friday's 5-3 road win over the Chicago Cubs.

    Pittsburgh (75-69) failed in a bid for its first five-game win streak with a 4-3 defeat Tuesday. The Pirates hold a 1 1/2-game lead over Milwaukee and Atlanta for the NL's second wild-card spot and are 4 1/2 games behind first-place St. Louis in the Central.

    Starling Marte went 2 for 3 with a walk to extend his hitting streak to nine games, including four straight multihit efforts.

    The Pirates also got Josh Harrison back in the lineup after the third baseman missed three games with an ankle injury. Harrison hit groundballs in each of his first four at-bats with one going for an infield hit before striking out against closer Jonathan Papelbon to end the game.

    "I thought he went up there, he was aggressive, he showed speed, barely beat out an infield hit, hadn't seen some pitches in a while," said manager Clint Hurdle about Harrison. "They pitched him tough tonight but I liked the way he moved around."

    Harrison has a .316 average and is one of three hitters in this series in contention for the batting title. Revere is batting .310 and Pirates star Andrew McCutchen is at .309 after both were hitless Tuesday.

    Freddy Galvis went 3 for 3 with three runs scored Tuesday for Philadelphia (67-77) as he replaced shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who strained his left hamstring in Monday's 6-4 loss and is considered day to day, according to manager Ryne Sandberg.

    "I always enjoy being the guy, whether it's hitting a homer or making a catch," Galvis said.

    Jerome Williams (3-0, 2.84) will make his sixth start with Philadelphia -- his third team this year after AL stints with Houston and Texas. He won three straight starts before giving up five runs over five innings Friday in a 9-8, 11-inning win at Washington.

    The veteran right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA in two home starts with the Phillies.

    Williams' lone start against the Pirates since 2007 was a 6-1 loss June 22, 2013, in which he allowed five runs in six innings with the Los Angeles Angels.

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    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakL2L2
    Last 106-43-7

    Pitching Matchup

    V. Worley
    8-4, 2.85 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/26 at CIN
    6.1 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = ND
    J. Williams
    6-7, 4.77 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/26 vs ATL
    6.0 IP, 4 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    1. J. Harrison, 3B B. Revere, CF
    2. S. Marte, LF G. Sizemore, RF
    3. A. McCutchen, CF C. Utley, 2B
    4. N. Walker, 2B R. Howard, 1B
    5. R. Martin, C D. Brown, LF
    6. T. Snider, RF C. Asche, 3B
    7. G. Sanchez, 1B W. Nieves, C
    8. J. Mercer, SS F. Galvis, SS
    9. V. Worley, P J. Williams, P

    Research Notes

    Andrew McCutchen's 5th-inning inside-the-park home run was calculated at 419 feet, the third-longest distance on such homers in the last 5 seasons.
    Andrew McCutchen's 419-foot inside-the-park home run was longer than all of the 14 other home runs that went out of the park on Wednesday.

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