-- Philadelphia (41-41) at Pittsburgh (35-45), 4:05 pm EDT PITTSBURGH (Ticker) - The Pittsburgh Pirates return home after ending their 10-game road trip with some late fireworks. Dave Williams gets the ball for the Pirates on Independence Day when he faces the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a four-game series at PNC Park. Pittsburgh dropped seven of the first nine games of its road swing before rallying for nine runs in the last three innings Sunday en route to a thrilling 11-10 victory over Milwaukee. Williams (6-5, 3.68 ERA) tries to pitch the Pirates to consecutive wins for the first time since June 10-11. Williams, whose start Wednesday was cut short after two innings due to a rain delay, is just 1-3 with a 5.74 ERA at home this season. However, the lefthander goes against a Phillies squad that has lost six straight series. Philadelphia dropped two of three to Atlanta this weekend, including a 4-3 setback Sunday in which the Phillies led, 3-0, before the bullpen squandered the cushion. Cory Lidle (7-6, 4.10) likely will look forward to a start away from hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park. The veteran sinkerballer is 4-3 with a 2.92 ERA on the road with an ERA more than twice that at home. The 33-year-old righthander allowed three runs in seven innings Wednesday in a 6-3 triumph over the New York Mets. He is 2-1 with a 4.91 ERA in eight career appearances against the Pirates, but has not faced them this season.
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