Worth noting

• Hurdle on the Mets: "Every team I've managed [against in New York] has been challenged. From what I can see, they steamroll pretty well. So if you get them down, you have to keep them down."

• The Pirates had lost 12 of 15 games at Citi Field before Thursday.

• The Pirates began Thursday with a 7-4 record against teams from the National League East. Their record in road games against the NL East was 3-1.

Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.