Scouting Friday's Diamondbacks-Pirates game
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (right) tags out the Pirates' Josh Harrison in a rundown between third and home in the seventh inning on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
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• The D-backs are the only team in baseball with more one-run wins (26) than the Pirates (23). More than 58 percent of Arizona's games (69 of 118 going into Thursday) have been decided by two runs or fewer and they are 40-29 in those games.
• Pedro Alvarez and Paul Goldschmidt entered Thursday's games tied for the National League lead in home runs with 29. Goldschmidt has already set a club record for home runs by a Diamondbacks first baseman in a single season, while Alvarez needs one more to match his career high, set in 2012.
• The Pirates went into their series at Arizona on April 8 with a 1-5 record and since then have accumulated the best record in baseball at 70-44. The Pirates won two of three games at Chase Field but the D-backs have won three of the past five games in Pittsburgh and are 29-22 all-time at PNC Park.
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