With Saturday's win, the Bucs improved to 7-0 in home games, to 7-2 in front of home crowds of 30,000-plus and to an MLB-best 16-4 home record since May 12.
Coming up with sour notes on a team a season-high six games above .500 is not easy, but try this one: Casey McGehee and Neil Walker both struck out in the eighth inning with the bases loaded, making the Bucs 8-for-40 in those situations this season.
For the 24th time in 35 home games, Pirates pitching allowed fewer than three earned runs.
Pedro Alvarez had a relatively quiet game, yet going 1-for-3 kept him at a .500 rate over his last seven games.
One of Brad Lincoln's recent problems has been difficulty closing out innings. In his prior two starts, batters werent 9-for-15 against him with two outs. On Saturday the Tigers went 0-for-6 with two outs.