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Worth noting

• The Reds improved to .500 on Wednesday, reaching the mark for the first time since April 24, when they were 11-11. A deeper look at some team stats shows that the Reds are close to even in more in just the overall win-loss column.

Cincinnati is 17-17 at home, 18-18 on the road, 13-14 in one-run games and 9-9 in contests decided by five or more runs. The Reds have also scored 263 runs, compared to 264 allowed entering Thursday's series finale against Pittsburgh.

• Hamilton recorded four straight multihit games entering Thursday, with three knocks in each of his last three. He's hitting .579 in that quartet of contests with two homers and six RBIs, and he's upped his season average from .251 to .278.

Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for Spencer Fordin is a reporter for
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