Worth noting

Worth noting

• Would the universe implode if the Pirates played the Dodgers on a Saturday? The Bucs improved to 9-2 on that day of the week, while the Dodgers took a 10-0 Saturday record into their Saturday night game with the White Sox.

• Pedro Alvarez's multi-homer game was the third of his career and first since July 21, 2010, when he enjoyed the second of consecutive two-homer games against the Brewers.

• The Pirates improved to 14-2 when they get 10-plus hits, 14-4 when Alvarez collects an RBI and 4-20 in their last 24 Interleague games on the road.

The Last Word
"He was in a rough place early. Sometimes, those things can send you the wrong way. But he stayed positive and focused."
-- Manager Clint Hurdle on Casey McGehee, who struck out with two men on in the first and hit into an inning-ending double play in the third -- but wound up Saturday driving in four runs, with a two-run homer and two-run single.