Pearce got his damage done in the fourth inning when he blasted a Collin McHugh pitch over the left field wall for a solo home run, his sixth of the season. McHugh, who aslo struck out three times, is now hitting .190 with 18 RBI on the year.
Wanting to change this, Alvarez has been working before games to break the habit of trying to pull pitches on the outside corner of the plate, according to MLB.com.
"The approach has always been the same," Alvarez said. "I just think it's a combination of seeing pitches out there and being able to put good swings on them and executing the swing to the pitch."
In Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Marlins, Alvarez was able to record an RBI opposite-field single in the seventh inning during his team's rally to win.
"The work he is doing before the game and in the cage is transferring to the game. That's the biggest part," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "Our guys have found a way to slow themselves down to a better pace, a much more workable pace, the last week or so. Pedro in particular."
Davis got things going in the fourth inning when he blasted a 3-2 pitch from Collin McHugh over the right field wall for a two-run home run. Then in the eighth, Davis did it again, this time off of Tony Sipp, to break a 4-4 tie, his 10th of the season.
Davis is now hitting .216 with 26 RBI on the year.
Britton got the first two outs of the inning without any issue, but allowed a double down the line to Jose Altuve. Then, Preston Tucker hit a shot to left field, but Travis Snider made a fantastic catch to finish the game. Britton lowered his ERA to 2.45 in 18 1/3 innings of work this season.
Jimenez had issues in the second inning when he gave up back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. Then after getting a flyout, Jimenez gave up an RBI double to Chris Carter.
Jimenez settled down after that, but had more problems in the seventh. Jimenez allowed two consecutive hitters to reach base safely, followed by a fielder's choice to plate a run. Then, he served up a two-run shot to Evan Gattis to tie the game.
Jimenez, who remains 3-3, struck out five with just one walk in his outing. He will look to bounce back Monday again against the Astros.
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