Allentown Morning Call - May 11, 1980

Seaver survives 3 Phils’ homers


CINCINNATI (AP) – Dan Driessen hit a two-run homer and Tom Seaver survived three Philadelphia home runs as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Phillies 5-3 yesterday. 


The game was highlighted by an early pitching duel between Seaver, 2-1. and loser Steve Carlton, 5-2. Neither gave up a hit until the fourth inning. 


Philadelphia's Bake McBride hit his first home run of the season in the fourth. Larry Bowa got an inside-the-park homer in the fifth inning when Cincinnati outfielders Dave Collins and Sam Mejias collided in left-center trying to snare his liner and Mike Schmidt hit a towering shot in the sixth for his ninth homer, tops in the majors. 


Carlton, who had 11 strikeouts before he was lifted for a pinch hitter in the eighth, gave up his first hit to Collins in the fourth but he was erased on a double play. 


The Reds scored twice in both the fifth and sixth innings. Driessen's sixth home run of the season came in the fifth after Mejias walked. Carlton walked Seaver to open the sixth a sacrifice and Junior Kennedy's double tied the score.


Kennedy scored when shortstop Bowa dropped Ray Knight's pop fly in short center field and the Reds added a run off Tug McGraw in the eighth on Dave Concepcion's triple and a wild pitch. 


Seaver was relieved by Tom Hume to start the eighth inning. 


Carlton struck out four consecutive batters in the second and third innings, fanning Johnny Bench, Knight, Mejias and Driessen. He was lifted for a pinch hitter in the eighth. 


The shortstop rivalry between Concepcion and Bowa was evident before the game when the Reds shortstop tossed his 1979 Gold Glove at Bowa during the banter.


Hume, who pitched the final two innings, lowered his earned run average to 1.86.