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Worth noting

• The Pirates produced a season-high 15 hits and 10 runs Sunday afternoon after collecting 26 hits in their first seven games combined. The Pirates have recorded 50 hits in their last five games.

• Bucs catcher Mike McKenry homered in consecutive innings (seventh and eighth) Sunday afternoon vs Cincinnati. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, McKenry is the third Pirates catcher since 1961 to homer in consecutive innings. Don Slaught did it in the fifth and sixth innings of a 10-9 win over Cincinnati on July 2, 1993, and Smoky Burgess homered in the seventh and eighth innings of an 11-7 win at St. Louis on June 30, 1962.

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