PITTSBURGH (AP) -
got a little extra rest and some early run support. It was all he needed to end a post All-Star break slump.
Volquez pitched into the seventh inning for his best start of the second half, and the
5-1 Tuesday night in their first game since they traded
Volquez (14-5) had just two perfect innings but limited the Pirates to one run and five hits in 6 2-3 innings.
''Edinson threw a great game, that's where it starts,'' Cincinnati manager
said. ''He gave us all we needed.''
The All-Star right-hander entered 1-2 with a 6.64 ERA in four starts since the break. He was originally scheduled to start
Sunday against Houston, but was pushed back to Tuesday when
came off the disabled list.
Did the two days help?
''It can never hurt, especially this time of the year,'' Baker said. ''He was throwing strikes. He was a little bit wilder
tonight, so maybe he needs to just be a little wild. It was an outstanding performance from him.''
supplied the power with Dunn gone, each hitting a home run to help Cincinnati end a season-worst six-game skid.
had two hits and two RBIs.
Phillips hit a two-out, two-run shot in the first off
(2-1), who tossed 15 scoreless innings in his first two starts after he was acquired from the
New York Yankees
. Valentin went deep in the fourth, and Patterson had run-scoring hits in the sixth and eighth.
''Brandon got us on the board,'' Baker said. ''That's big against a guy who's been dealing like that. We got on him early.''
Phillips' 18th homer provided a big boost to Volquez, who has a 0.77 ERA in 11 2-3 innings at PNC Park this season.
''It's all about the runs,'' Volquez said. ''We took the lead first, and I got more confident on the mound.''
Karstens allowed four runs, three earned, and seven hits in seven innings.
, all recently acquired in trades, each played their first home game at PNC Park. LaRoche had an RBI double in the fourth.
Karstens said he had trouble initially adjusting to the mound.
''I didn't feel too comfortable out there,'' he said. ''I felt out of whack. It wasn't until the second or third inning that
I got more acclimated.''
, who scored on LaRoche's hit, ended two possible Pittsburgh rallies. He grounded out to first with runners on second and
third in the fifth and again in the seventh with the bases loaded.
credited Volquez for pitching out of the jams.
''When he got in trouble, he threw the ball well,'' Russell said. ''Our opportunities tonight seem to come with two outs.
When things got dicey, he stepped up and made some good pitches.''
had two hits apiece for Pittsburgh.
Notes: Cincinnati traded Dunn to Arizona on Monday for a minor leaguer and two players to be named. ... RHP Tanner Scheppers,
Pittsburgh's second-round draft choice out of Fresno State, threw in the bullpen before the game. Scheppers, who is recovering
from a shoulder injury, is unsigned. ... Pirates closer
, on the DL with right shoulder bursitis, pitched a scoreless inning and struck out two in his first rehab appearance with
Double-A Altoona. ... Pirates 1B
, on the disabled list with a strained rib cage, went 2-for-4 in the second game of a rehab stint with Class A Hickory. ...
, each hampered by minor right shoulder problems, were not in the starting lineup. Sanchez grounded out as a pinch hitter
in the ninth. ... Cincinnati improved to 2-9 since trading Ken Griffey Jr. to the
Chicago White Sox
on July 31. ... Valentin has hit safely in 12 of his 13 starts. ... Two Cincinnati players collected their first major league
hits. Chris Dickerson, called up before the game, doubled in the seventh and pinch-hitter
singled in the ninth.