Allentown Morning Call - August 16, 1980

Christenson, McGraw join for 8-0 win over Mets


NEW YORK (AP) – Larry Christenson, making his first start since May 21, combined with Tug McGraw on a 6-hitter, and Pete Rose collected his 3,500th career hit to help the Philadelphia Phillies to an 8-0 victory over the New York Mets last night. 


Christenson, 4-0, scattered five hits over the first six innings in his return from surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow. He issued no walks and struck out five. McGraw earned his 12th save. 


Philadelphia scored four times in the second inning off Mark Bomback, 9-4, first of four New York pitchers. The Phillies added two runs each in the eighth and ninth innings as they pounded out 16 hits off four New York pitchers. 


Rose collected three singles in the game, the second one in the seventh inning, making him the fifth player in major league history to achieve 3,500 career hits. 


In the second, Garry Maddox walked with one out and moved to third on Larry Bowa's single. Maddox scored on ' Bob Boone's infield hit and Bowa came across when Christenson bunted and New York third baseman Elliott Maddox threw wildly into right field. 


Boone moved to third on the error and Christenson took second. Lonnie Smith's RBI single scored Boone and Christenson scored on Rose's first single. 


Manny Trillo opened the eighth with his third homer of the season and the Phillies scored another run on George Vukovich's RBI single. In the ninth, the Phillies added-two more runs on Trillo's sacrifice fly and an RBI single by Maddox off reliever Jeff Reardon. 


The shutout ended a streak of 52 straight games in which New York had scored at least one run, matching the club record set in 1970.