Corpus Christi Caller - July 29, 1980

Houston wins, 3-2


By The Associated Press


PHILADELPHIA – Cesar Cedeno’s two-out triple broke a 10th-lnning tie and gave the Houston Astros a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies Monday night.


Reliever Ron Reed, 6-4, gave up a one out single to Joe Morgan, who was caught stealing, but Jose Crus walked and Cedeno rifled a 1-1 pitch into the right field corner.


Houston Rookie Gordy Pladson pitched four-hit ball through eight innings but left for a pinch hitter in the ninth. The victory went to Joe Sambito, 6-1.


The Astros took a 1-0 lead in the third on a triple by Craig Reynolds and a single by Cruz. In the fourth, Pete Rose walked and Bake McBride was credited with a double after right fielder Dave Bergman and center fielder Cesar Cedeno got crossed up and let his drive fall safely at the warning track. Rose scored on a grounder by Garry Maddox.


The Phillies went ahead 2-1 in the fifth when Larry Bowa led off with an infield single, stole second, reached third on a long fly ball by Bob Boone and stole home. He was trapped in a run-down after Nino Espinosa missed a squeeze bunt attempt, then missed the plate on his slide but touched it reaching back just ahead of the tag by Pladson.


Houston tied it again In the seventh on a walk to Alan Ashby, a single by Bergman, chasing Espinosa, and a single off reliever Tug McGraw by pinch-hitter Art Howe.


The victory gave the Astros a three-game edge over Los Angeles, pending the outcome of the Dodgers' late game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.