• Andrew McCutchen's current slash line of .318/.391/.511 (batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage) puts him in position to become the seventh Pirates player since 1901 to have consecutive .300/.400/.500 seasons.
The predecessors on that count: Paul Waner (five straight), Honus Wagner (streaks of three and two), Brian Giles (three) and Kiki Cuyler, George Grantham and Arky Vaughan (two each).
• Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre is batting about 100 points higher than Pirates counterpart Pedro Alvarez. So who would you rather have on your team?
The name of the game is run production, and Alvarez has 30 homers with 81 RBIs compared to Beltre's 25-74.
• The home runs by Martin Prado and Paul Goldschmidt in Saturday's game made the D-backs the first visiting team with a two-homer game in PNC Park since May 31, when the Reds' Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips went deep.
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