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• Juan Cruz passed the test of pitching on a second consecutive day in Monday night's game, even though he allowed two walks in one-third of an inning and was charged with the eventual game-winning run in the 5-4 defeat to the Dodgers.

"He had some real close misses, but the velocity was there and he said he felt good. We feel we're in a pretty good spot with him with his health," Hurdle said of the righty, who was activated Sunday after being on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation.

• Numerology update: Monday night's game was the Pirates' 12th of the season with a 5-4 final (they are 7-5 in those), and the 33rd with a "5" on one side of the scoreboard, or 29 percent of all their games.

• Dodgers pinch-hitter Juan Rivera singled off Tony Watson in the eighth inning Monday to drive in a run charged to Cruz, only the ninth of 56 inherited runners to score against the lefty. For comparison, the other six members of the current bullpen have inherited a total of 35 runners.

"No fear," Hurdle said of Watson's demeanor. "His confidence is big and he is mentally tough. He demands a lot out of himself."

• Juan Cruz passed the test of pitching on a second consecutive day in Monday night's game, even though he allowed two walks in one-third of an inning and was charged with the eventual game-winning run in the 5-4 defeat to the Dodgers.

"He had some real close misses, but the velocity was there and he said he felt good. We feel we're in a pretty good spot with him with his health," Hurdle said of the righty, who was activated Sunday after being on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation.

• Numerology update: Monday night's game was the Pirates' 12th of the season with a 5-4 final (they are 7-5 in those), and the 33rd with a "5" on one side of the scoreboard, or 29 percent of all their games.

• Dodgers pinch-hitter Juan Rivera singled off Tony Watson in the eighth inning Monday to drive in a run charged to Cruz, only the ninth of 56 inherited runners to score against the lefty. For comparison, the other six members of the current bullpen have inherited a total of 35 runners.

"No fear," Hurdle said of Watson's demeanor. "His confidence is big and he is mentally tough. He demands a lot out of himself."