Pedro Alvarez hasn't changed anything in June, except those RBI numbers. They're way up there, just like the Pirates.
Alvarez drove in all of Pittsburgh's runs with a solo homer, bases-loaded double and a single on Thursday for a 5-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds and a split of their high-profile NL Central series.
The Pirates remain a half-game behind second-place Cincinnati after the four-game set, keeping them virtually shoulder-to-shoulder as they chase the torrid St. Louis Cardinals.
After blowing a one-run lead in the ninth and losing 2-1 in 13 innings on Wednesday night, Pittsburgh salvaged a game behind Alvarez and a bullpen running on fumes.
''We needed a big day from a number of people today and Pedro was one of them,'' manager Clint Hurdle said. ''There was no bigger swing than with the bases loaded, left-on-left. Beautiful.''
Alvarez had an RBI single and his 16th homer off Homer Bailey, who couldn't follow his no-hitter against Pittsburgh with a win. After Alfre...