Corpus Christi Caller - May 25, 1980

Phils nip Astros, 5-4


By The Associated Press


PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Phillies broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the sixth inning on RBI singles by Larry Bowa and Manny Trillo and went on to beat the Houston Astros 5-4 for their eighth victory in 11 games.


Reliever Kevin Saucier, 2-0, was credited with the victory while Joaquin Andujar, 0-2, making his first start of the year, was the loser. Tug McGraw picked up his third save with three innings of relief.


Behind right-hander Dan Larson, recalled Friday night from their Oklahoma City farm team, the Phillies held a 2-1 lead going into the sixth inning.


Larson, a former Astro, had allowed only two hits but Rafael Landestoy opened the sixth with a single, stole second and took third on a groundout. Saucier then relieved Larson and Terry Puhl's sacrifice fly tied the game 2-2.



Houston had taken a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Dennis Walling’s first home run of the season. The Phillies went ahead in the third when Pete Rose drew a one-out walk and scored on Mike Schmidt's triple. Greg Luzinski's single scored Schmidt.