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SD@SF: Volquez fans eight Giants over seven strong

After playing a 19-inning marathon in St. Louis, the last thing the Pirates probably wanted to do was fly to San Diego for three games against the Padres, who took two games out of three in Pittsburgh earlier this month.

The Bucs will have a chance to show San Diego how much they appreciated that in a three-game series at Petco Park that opens Monday. Right-hander Edinson Volquez gets the start for the home team, going up against what likely will be a callup from Triple-A Indianapolis.

The Pirates haven't yet announced Monday's starter. Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez was scheduled to start for Pittsburgh, but he appeared in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Cardinals, pitching the final two innings and earning the victory.

Volquez has been roughed up in each of his last three starts, posting an 0-2 record and 16.62 ERA in that span. In the month of August, the righty has yet to make it out of the fourth inning.

"It's a situation where he doesn't feel real comfortable now with his mechanics," Padres manager Bud Black said.

"It is better now. ... This was the first time in my last three games where I felt good," Volquez said after his most recent outing, during which he allowed six runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings with two walks and five strikeouts.

On Aug. 10, Volquez gave up six runs in 3 1/3 innings at PNC Park, but earned a no-decision when Chase Headley's two homers helped San Diego to a comeback win.

In eight starts against Pittsburgh, Volquez is 1-0 with a 4.60 ERA. The Padres have won eight of his past 12 starts.

Pirates: Marte goes on DL with oblique strain
Rookie outfielder Starling Marte was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained right oblique. In his place, the Pirates recalled Jose Tabata from Triple-A Indianapolis.

"We're having a hard time communicating pain and discomfort, because he's never really been hurt before. He's having it looked at now," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said early Sunday. "We did get to an understanding about one thing -- he is more sore today than he was [Saturday]."

In 23 games since his July 26 debut, Marte is batting .253 with four homers and 10 RBIs. Tabata, who was sent down to Indianapolis on July 2, is hitting .232 with three home runs and 11 RBIs over 73 games. Tabata went 2-for-7 in Sunday's 19-inning win.

• The Bucs' bullpen effort Sunday consisted of three innings from Chris Resop, two each from Kevin Correia, Jared Hughes and Rodriguez, and one apiece from Jason Grilli, Joel Hanrahan and Juan Cruz.

Padres: Headley on fire in August
Headley went deep three times in Pittsburgh earlier in August, during which he already has eight home runs. Headley is also hitting .313 this month with 24 RBIs and 12 runs scored. Headley went 0-for-3 in Sunday's 7-1 win, which snapped a five-game losing streak.

• Everth Cabrera is 21-for-21 in steal attempts this season. Prior to his May 17 callup from Triple A-Tucson, Cabrera was 15-for-15 in steal attempts for the Minor League club.

Worth noting
• The Padres are 15-3 during their last 18 games against Pittsburgh.

• The Pirates most recently took two games out of three in St. Louis. San Diego has dropped five of its last six games. Comments