Reading Eagle - April 20, 1980

McBride, Schmidt Power Phillies


MONTREAL (AP) – Bake McBride drove in four runs with a pair of singles, and Mike Schmidt cracked a two-run homer in Philadelphia’s six-run ninth inning to power the Phillies to a 13-4 triumph over the Montreal Expos Saturday.


After trailing 3-0, the Phillies took a 4-3 lead after five innings, McBride driving in all the runs.


McBride’s first two-run single came in the third, and McBride delivered the second of his RBI singles in the fifth, driving in pitcher Larry Christenson, who had walked, and Pete Rose, who had doubled.


Montreal tied the game off Christenson, 1-0, in the bottom of the fifth.  Andre Dawson tripled and came home when center fielder Garry Maddox’s throw sailed into the Phils’ dugout.


The Phillies took a 5-4 lead in the sixth against Steve Rogers, 1-2, when Bob Boone singled home Greg Luzinski, and the Phils scored two more in the eighth on an RBI single by Boone and a squeeze bunt by Luis Aguayo.


McBride got the Phils going in the ninth with a triple.  He scored on Maddox’s single, and Schmidt then laced a two-run homer, his second.  Larry Bowa also drove in a run with a single, and two runs scored on a single by relief-pitcher Dickie Noles.


Ellis Valentine’s run scoring single had provided Montreal with a 1-0 lead in the first inning.  The margin increased to 3-0 in the second as Warren Cromartie slammed his third home run of the year, and Christenson’s throwing error on a pickoff attempt allowed Ron LeFlore to score from second base.


Christenson allowed just four hits and three earned runs before giving way to Noles after five innings.


Noles limited the Expos to two hits over the final four innings.  He struck out six batters and recorded his first save of the season.