Pittsburgh Pirates’ slugger Pedro Alvarez, left, is congratulated by Garrett Jones after they defeated the Cincinnati Reds 5-3 Thursday, June 20. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) by Joe Kay CINCINNATI (AP) – Pedro Alvarez drove in all of Pittsburgh’s runs with a solo homer, bases-loaded double and a single Thursday, leading the Pirates to 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.
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Pedro Alvarez strikes out against Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tony Cingrani in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 17, 2013, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati won 4-1. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) As of Monday morning the Pittsburgh Pirates had a six game lead on the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres as far as a claiming a potential wild card spot in the MLB National League race toward the post season. The only thing that worries me, I mean really really, worries me is the Bucs’ lack of consistency on offense. I am really concerned that once the offense catches up to the pitching there might be a slew of arms that might be too worn out to be effective even if Pittsburgh advances.
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pedro Alvarez, right, hits a two-run home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Chicago, Ill. (AP photo/Joe Raymond) CHICAGO (AP) — A.J. Burnett pitched into the ninth inning and Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin homered to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Starling Marte (6), Travis Snider (23) and Andrew McCutchen celebrate a baseball game win over the Milwaukee Brewers, Saturday, May 25, 2013, in Milwaukee. The Pirates won 5-2. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) by Will Graves AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jason Grilli gets it. Really, he does. The angst. The dread. The perpetual waiting for it to all fall apart. The Pirates closer totally understands why Pittsburgh’s tormented, long-suffering fan base treats every victory with a mix of glee and trepidation.
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Starling Marte, left, Travis Snider, center, and Andrew McCutchen celebrate after a baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field, Sunday,…