Worth noting

Worth noting

• Pedro Alvarez has hit a home run in three of his last five day games. He leads the National League in homers hit in day games with nine.

•The Pirates haven't lost a series since June 3-5, when they were swept in Atlanta. They split a four-game set in Cincinnati on June 17-20.

• Reese McGuire, one of the Pirates two first-round picks in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, went 4-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs in his professional debut with the GCL Pirates Thursday morning.

Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.