When Edinson Volquez returned to the dugout after walking two batters on nine pitches in the first inning, pitching coach Ray Searage had some instructions.

"He slowed me down," Volquez said. "I was too fast to the plate and everything was late, with my hands, to get the ball where I wanted. After the first inning he came to me and said, slow down, stay back and make the right pitches, and I did."

Volquez held the Philadelphia Phillies to one run in seven innings in the Pirates' 3-2 win Saturday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd of 37,821 at PNC Park. Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run home run and Jordy Mercer doubled twice. The Pirates won their fifth consecutive series and won for the 11th time in 14 games.

"We're doing everything," catcher Chris Stewart said. "Driving in runs, our starting pitching's been outstanding, going deep into ballgames, saving the bullpen arms. The bullpen's coming in, doing their job out of there. "

Volquez (7-6) 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. He loaded the bases in the third, but struck out Marlon Byrd swinging to strand the runners.