Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pirates 11, Mets 1 Williams Goes Seven, Stays in Rotation Talk

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pirates 11, Mets 1 Williams Goes Seven, Stays in Rotation Talk

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NEW YORK - Trevor Williams picked a good time to pitch his best start of the season. Jameson Taillon will return to the rotation sooner than later and push someone out of it. On Sunday at Citi Field, Williams built upon his campaign to remain a starter.

Williams allowed one run in seven innings and the Pirates beat the New York Mets, 11-1. In his past two starts he allowed two runs in 13 innings.

"He's pushing, he's confident in what he can do and he's showing that he belongs here," David Freese said.

Williams replaced Taillon on May 8, the same day Taillon had surgery to address testicular cancer. That night in Los Angeles, he allowed eight runs, six earned, in three innings. In five starts since, he has a 2.83 ERA and five walks issued in 28? innings.

"It's out of my hands," Williams said. "I'm just glad that I still have an opportunity to pitch at the big league level. Whenever the ball's in my hand in whatever situation, I'm going to do my best and give the team the best of my ability that day to help the team win."

Williams put the leadoff man on in four of his seven innings but allowed only one run, on Travis d'Arnaud's second-inning double play. He retired 10 of the final 12 batters he faced. Regarding how Williams' recent performance would affect his chances of remaining in the rotation, manager Clint Hurdle said: "He's done what he's been asked to do. Everything gets evaluated every time somebody touches the ball and goes out there. We'll see how it plays out."

"I like pitching with a sense of urgency," Williams said. "That's kind of how I tick, how I go about my business with my workouts and my bullpen sessions. That's just kind of how I'm hard-wired. It's their decision, like it was in spring training. It's their decision and I trust them to give the club the best shot to win."

Freese, who had been in a funk since coming off the disabled list, went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and a sacrifice fly. …

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