The Pittsburgh Pirates (44-47) take on the Chicago Cubs (49-43) in a three-game series at Wrigley Field. The Pirates will send out Trevor Williams for his 13th start of the season in the series finale. He faced the Cubs on July 1st and gave up five runs on nine hits and three walks in 5.2 innings. His two previous starts combined saw him allow 11 runs over 11.2 innings. The Cubs will counter with veteran lefty Jose Quintana, who has a 4.19 ERA in 101 innings, with 84 strikeouts and a 1.34 WHIP. He faced the Pirates on July 4th and allowed three runs over seven innings. He also faced the Pirates earlier in the season and tossed seven shutout innings. Quintana has a 4.17 ERA at home and 4.21 on the road.
Here are the lineups:
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