• Pedro Alvarez has gone 15 games without a home run since taking over the National League lead with his 32nd blast on Aug. 27. Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt has gone 20 games without a home run since hitting his 31st on Aug. 20. The Pirates' club record for most home runs hit in a season by a third baseman is held by Aramis Ramirez, who hit 34 in 2001.
• Neil Walker has hit safely in each of his past 12 games at PNC Park (21-for-45, .467), and Andrew McCutchen has gone 23-for-56 (.411) with six doubles, a home run and eight RBI in his past 16 home games.
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