The Pirates have 32 extra-base hits in their past nine games heading into play Thursday. That ties them with the Rockies for second in the Majors during that stretch, behind the Red Sox, who lead with 36.
Outfielder Andrew McCutchen was back in the lineup on Thursday after manager Clint Hurdle gave him a day of rest Wednesday. McCutchen was the only Pittsburgh player to start the first 23 games of the season.
Catcher Rod Barajas was ejected for only the third time in his 11-year career on Wednesday. Home-plate umpire Angel Campos tossed Barajas for arguing balls and strikes in the bottom of the second inning. It was Barajas' second ejection for arguing pitches.
"It's not like he's a guy looking for an argument," Hurdle said.