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PITTSBURGH -- The losing and lack of hitting continued for the Phillies on Saturday afternoon in a 3-2 loss to the Pirates at PNC Park.

It was the Phillies’ second loss in the three-game series, which concludes Sunday, and their 12th loss overall in their last 15 games.

The Phillies are hitting just .210 in that 15-game span.

The loss was the Phillies’ 50th of the season. Their record now stands at 37-50.

The Pirates won for the 12th time in their last 16 games and moved a season-high five games over .500 at 46-41.

Starting pitching report
Rookie right-hander David Buchanan (4-5) pitched six solid innings yet lost his second straight start following a three-game winning streak. He allowed three runs and six hits while walking one and striking out three.

Buchanan allowed all three runs in the first two innings. Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run home run in the first, and winning pitcher Edinson Volquez (7-6) had an RBI ground out in the second.

It was just Buchanan’s third quality start in his nine appearances since being called up from Triple A Lehigh Valley in late May. The one walk was an encouraging sign after Buchanan issued a combined nine bases on balls over 10 innings in his previous two starts.

McCutchen’s blast ended Buchanan’s streak of three homerless starts, which came after he allowed seven long balls in his previous five games.

Volquez won his third straight start and sixth in eight decisions after beginning the season 1-4. He gave up only one run and four hits in seven innings with four walks and five strikeouts in improving to 4-1 with a 1.72 ERA in five career starts against the Phillies.

Volquez has allowed two runs or fewer in seven of his last nine starts.

Bullpen report
Rookie Ken Giles replaced Buchanan and retired all four batters he faced, including two on strikeouts. Left-hander Antonio Bastardo retired both batters he faced.

Tony Watson pitched a scoreless eighth for the Pirates to preserve a 3-1 lead. Closer Mark Melancon allowed a leadoff homer to Marlon Byrd before closing out his 16th save.

At the plate
Cody Asche hit a solo homer in the fourth -- his sixth of the season. Byrd's long ball was his 17th of the year.

The Phillies had just three other hits -- all singles by Chase Utley, Domonic Brown and pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr.

Brown followed Asche's homer in the fourth with a single, but rookie catcher Cameron Rupp then grounded into a double play and Buchanan struck out to end the inning.

Ben Revere’s nine-game hitting streak ended after he went 0 for 3 with a walk.

Ryan Howard went 0 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout and is 3 for 28 in his last nine games. Jimmy Rollins was 0 for 3 with a walk and fell to 1 for 14 in his career against Volquez.

The Pirates’ Jordy Mercer was 2 for 2 with a double and a walk, making him 9 for 14 with four doubles in July.

In the field
Brown misplayed Mercer’s fly ball in the fourth inning, allowing it to sail over his head and one-hop the left-field fence for a one-out double.

Rupp settled under Gregory Polanco's foul pop up in the seventh inning but was forced to move away when Asche nearly collided with him. The ball fell for a strike and Polanco let the Phillies off the hook by flying out.

Up next
The three-game series concludes at 1:35 p.m. Sunday with A.J. Burnett (5-7, 3.92) pitching against left-hander Jeff Locke (1-1, 3.46).

It will be a homecoming for Burnett, who spent the past two seasons with the Pirates before signing with the Phillies on Feb. 16. He is 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA against the Pirates in three career starts.

The Pirates' bullpen has blown leads in three of Locke’s seven starts this season, costing him wins each time. He has won both career starts against the Phillies, allowing two earned runs in 11 2/3 innings for a 1.54 ERA.