• Wednesday's game against Felix Hernandez was the Pirates' 11th of the season against a former winner of the Cy Young Award, including two faceoffs with the 2010 AL recipient. The Bucs split the first 10 meetings.
• Prior to Wednesday's game, the Pirates collected 10-plus hits in six consecutive games, their best such streak since a similar six-game skein from July 21-26, 2008.
• Pedro Alvarez extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a second-inning single off Hernandez. The only longer streak of Alvarez's career came in 2010, when he hit in 11 straight near the end of his rookie season.
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