Worth noting

Worth noting

• 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.