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18: The number of consecutive games the Pirates have won when scoring in the first inning. It's the longest streak of its kind since the franchise set a record by winning 28 straight games when scoring in the first inning in 1909.

"That was a debatable check-swing call right there. It went our way. Every once in a while, it's nice to have one of those go our way." -- Russell Martin on a call that went in his favor during a seventh-inning at-bat against Miami's Mike Dunn on Wednesday night. Martin eventually delivered an RBI single in the at-bat.

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