Now the Pirates find themselves in a sort of limbo.

After their 4-3 win Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park they have 81 victories this season. It is unlikely the Pirates will lose all their 24 remaining games but if they do they have ensured a finish of at least .500 for the first time since 1992.

"It's just a win man" said Travis Snider whose pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning put the Pirates ahead. "We got a lot more baseball to play. Getting caught up in that personal achievements is not what we're here for."

Most of the players don't care about that. More important for the current team the win moved the Pirates two games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. The Cardinals lost to the Cincinnati Reds for the second night in a row this time by 1-0.

"We're just playing to win a World Series" said Andrew McCutchen who also homered. "That's what we're here for. That's what it's all about. We're one step closer every day."

Nothing changed in the clubhouse. Players ate spaghetti and meatballs in silence -- the music usually playing after wins was turned down so the media could interview Snider -- and watched highlights from around the league. Manager Clint Hurdle patiently answered questions about the losing streak as he has all year.

"It's a step in the right direction" he said. "It was on our to-do list."

Snider homered off Jim Henderson to break a 3-3 tie. It was his fourth home run this season and first since June 15. He came off the disabled list Sunday after missing August due to pain in his left big toe.

"Going down to Triple-A Double-A getting the at-bats playing on a regular basis addressing some of the mechanical breakdowns that have been caused over the last couple months -- things weren't right" Snider said. "I felt like I had a good run down there and felt confident coming up here whatever role they were going to put me in to just go out there and compete."

McCutchen hit his 18th homer this season and 100th of his career in the first. He clobbered Yovani Gallardo's 2-2 fastball to left-center.

"It's definitely a great milestone for myself to be able to do that" McCutchen said.
McCutchen noted that the Pirates don't play to break even but allowed that the season has been enjoyable.

"It's one of those things it feels like a dream almost because we've had a lot of years of losing and now that we're winning and we're continuing to get better it's fun to be a part of" he said.
The new additions pitched in Tuesday.