He is 0-3 in six ensuing starts, including giving up a season-high seven runs in 3 2/3 innings April 25 against Detroit. Williams said he didn't make any drastic changes to his approach, and credited the pitcher-friendly PNC Park as an aid. "I thought it was just two pitches that left the yard. Hopefully we caught it early enough to where it won't bother me for the rest of the year or anything", Taillon said. "If we were playing at their yard today, some would have left the yard, as well".
Santiago pitched one inning in relief in that two-game series last week, allowing no hits and striking out one.
Williams (5-2) struck out six and walked none in his longest outing of the season. Marte doubled and scored in the bottom of the first.
The tables turned from the previous game on the other side of the ball, as well.
Meanwhile, the over is 7-0 in the Pirates' last seven Wednesday games and 4-1-1 in their last six in game two of a series. Williams had a 4-0 lead after the first inning and a 6-0 lead after the second and was in cruise mode all night. He didn't appear to be hobbled on the basepaths, but he was replaced by Sean Rodriguez in center field between innings.
"It's tough in the short term to come out of a game, but, hopefully, by coming out when I did, we've kind of mitigated it. ..."
Bell went 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs.
Rodriguez and Bell had run-scoring hits in the second.