PITTSBURGH — Ike Davis didn't complain when the Pirates told him they were going to eat into his playing time by experimenting with Pedro Alvarez at first base. Call it the byproduct of spending four-plus seasons with the Mets.
"You kind of get immune to stuff after a while," Davis said. "Kind of my career has been starting, not starting, so I'm used to it."
Davis is simply happy to be in a pennant race at the moment.
He provided a needed jolt in a pinch-hit appearance Tuesday, connecting for a tiebreaking three-run homer off St. Louis reliever Seth Maness in the eighth inning of a potentially costly 5-2 victory.
The Pirates won after reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen left in the fifth inning because of discomfort in his left ribs (see MLB notebook).
Davis sent a 2-and-2 pitch from Maness deep over the fence in right-center for his ninth homer this season and his third as a pinch-hitter.
"We got into a good count, had a couple real nice pitches and left one up in the middle," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "That's not going to turn out well."
Mark Melancon worked the ninth for his 23rd save.