Baseball / Sports

Pirates, behind Volquez, beat Phillies, 3-2

PITTSBURGH -- Edinson Volquez gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a third consecutive strong start in their 3-2 win against the Philadelphia Phillies at PNC Park Saturday. Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer and the Pirates won for the seventh time in nine games.

Volquez (7-6) allowed one run, a solo homer to Cody Asche, on four hits in seven innings. He walked four, but prevented any of those runners from scoring.

Mark Melancon allowed a homer to Marlon Byrd in the ninth but recorded his 16th save. Tony Watson pitched a scoreless eighth.

Phillies rookie starter David Buchanan (4-5) had walked nine batters in his previous two starts, spanning 10 innings, but his only walk Saturday was an intentional one to Jordy Mercer. He allowed three runs in six innings.

Gregory Polanco began the bottom of the first with a bloop single to left field. Buchanan threw a first-pitch fastball down the heart of the plate to McCutchen and he deposited it into the bullpen for his 13th home run of the season.

Volquez helped the Pirates add to their lead in the second inning. Pedro Alvarez singled, Mercer doubled and Buchanan hit Chris Stewart with a pitch to load the bases. Volquez bounced a weak grounder to shortstop, scoring Alvarez from third, and the Pirates led, 3-0. Despite having the bases loaded with no outs, the Pirates secured only one run in the inning.

Volquez issued two walks each in the first and third innings and allowed a runner to third base each time, but prevented the Phillies from scoring. A groundout and a flyout helped him escape the first inning. He loaded the bases in the third, but struck out Marlon Byrd swinging to strand the runners.

Asche homered on a 2-1 changeup into the first row of seats above the Clemente Wall to lead off the fourth inning. Crew chief Dale Scott initiated a 1 minute, 39-second review to ensure the ball cleared the fence and was not interfered with by a fan, but the call was confirmed and the Pirates' lead reduced to 3-1.

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