The Pirates offense has been struggling to hit consistently in the month of September. Pittsburgh entered game action Sunday with a five game skid, and having scored more than just one run in only one of those games. In back-to-back games against the 100-plus lost Houston Astros, the Pirates were only able to score two runs, each solo-home runs. Looking for a spark to finish the 2012 season on a high-note over their final stretch, the offense finally came alive to give them their 75th win of the season.

The Bucs sparked a hit parade at Miller Park, combining for 18 hits, just one shy of their season-high 19. They drove in eight runs for the first time since driving in nine in the loss at Wrigley Field in Chicago on September 16th. Of those 18 knocks, just three came for extra-base hits....

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