Manager Clint Hurdle has been pleased with the way his team has reacted after losses. Before Wednesday's game, the locker room was upbeat, with classic rock playing the background. The players appeared to be loose -- yet focused.
"After [a loss], we self-evaluate and then we're done with it and we move on," Hurdle said. "You've got Steely Dan, Boston playing in the clubhouse. It doesn't get much better than that."
Pittsburgh scored a combined 16 runs on Monday and Tuesday after just 49 runs over the first 21 games this season.
"We knew the hitting would eventually come around," said third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who slammed a home run in both of the high-powered eruptions.
Pirates' starters have a 2.95 ERA and have been charged with two earned runs or fewer in 17 of 23 games.