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Slow start nearly derails Volquez

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Edinson Volquez has the kind of stuff to go right after hitters. He throws up to 97 mph and has one of the best changeups in the baseball.

But Volquez got a little fancy for manager Dusty Baker's liking in the first inning Wednesday. He walked three Astros, struck out three, gave up four runs and threw 44 pitches.

"They didn't really get to him," Baker said. "He was throwing the ball great. The first two innings, he had six strikeouts. He was more dependent on the strikeout than our defense. He was throwing all his pitches when it wasn't necessary to throw all his pitches. They were late on his fastball.

"He was just trying to pitch. That's what happens sometimes when a young guy is between a thrower and pitcher. He settled down."

The Cincinnati offense cranked put 14 hits on the way to 12-4 win, but Volquez knows he can't count on these outbursts every time out.

He was good after the first inning, allowing only one more hit. He ended up going five innings and getting the win.

Volquez has allowed seven runs in his two first innings this year. He's allowed two runs in the other nine innings he's pitched.

"I have to be more careful in the first inning," he said. "After that, everything comes together. I threw more strikes and kept the ball down. I have to be aware from the first inning.

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