The nine extra-base hits included in Monday night's 18-hit attack were the Pirates' most since notching the same number on July 22, 2009, against the Brewers.
In 22 games during the month of April, the Pirates scored a total of 58 runs. In their last eight games, prior to Tuesday, the Bucs scored 59 runs.
Joel Hanrahan has blown three saves, and the Bucs immediately fought back all three times with walk-off wins to give him the decision -- May 8 versus the Nationals and June 7 versus the Reds prior to Tuesday night's 8-7 win over the Astros. When someone noted that was likely how reliever Elroy Face posted his 18-1 record with the 1959 Bucs, Hanrahan (4-0) said, "I don't like wins, I want saves."
Assured of at least a split of this four-game set with the Astros, the Pirates will remain with only one losing series in their last 12.
For the first time since early in the 2006 season, the Pirates have scored four-plus runs in eight consecutive games.