Monday's loss was only the Pirates' second of the season in walk-off fashion, a testament to their deep and strong bullpen. The first was more than three months ago, a 5-4 loss on April 14 to the Giants in AT&T Park.
Least surprising about Pedro Alvarez's post-rain game-tying homer Monday night was that it came on the first pitch to him. When he puts the first pitch in play this season, Alvarez is batting .350, with three homers and 14 RBIs in 40 at-bats. Think that's impressive? The lifetime .229 hitter has a career average of .389 on first pitches.
The homer by Alvarez was also the Pirates' 59th in 46 road games. All last season, the Bucs totaled 58 road homers in 81 games.
Drew Sutton's fifth-inning RBI single was his first hit in 14 at-bats.
Neil Walker, batting .485 (32-for-66) during his 17-game hitting streak, is one game shy of his career-best hitting streak, set in 2010.