Pedro Alvarez leads the Pirates with 8 home runs. (Photo credit: David Hague)

It's a negative that the Pirates could only score eight runs in three games against the Houston Astros, baseball's worst run-preventing team. It's a negative that that they could only crack open four total hits on average starting pitcher Lucas Harrell, and needed 15 hitters Sunday to hit the ball out of the infield.

But when a Pirates batter finally hit one out of infield... boom. Pedro Alvarez roped Harrell's first-pitch fastball to the opposite field, hooking just inside the left-field foul pole for a solo home run. Alvarez's team-leading 8th homer got Pittsburgh (26-18) its first hit in the 5th inning and broke the scoreless tie in the Pirates' 1-0 win.

"[Harrell] comes after you with his best stuff ...

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