Allentown Morning Call - September 23, 1980

Phils move into 1st place with 3-2 win over Cards


ST. LOUIS (AP) – A 10th-inning pinch double gave the Philadelphia Phillies a 3-2 win over St. Louis last night and catapulted the Phillies "back where they belong" in the National League East division. 


The victory, coupled with Montreal's 4-2 loss at Pittsburgh, gave Philadelphia a half-game lead over the Expos. 


"We've worked hard all year to get here, and we're tickled to death to be here," Phillies' Manager Dallas Green said. "We felt all along that we belong here." 


After St. Louis had taken two out of three from Montreal in a weekend series, the Phillies sent ace lefthander Steve Carlton to the mound for the opener. After struggling in the early going, Carlton held St. Louis to two runs until Keith Moreland sent home the game-winner in the 10th. 


Moreland's double came after Larry Bowa had singled off reliever Kim Seaman, 3-2. Bowa was sacrificed to second and scored on Moreland's sixth run batted in as a pinch-hitter.


Carlton, 23-8, got the victory with  last-inning relief help from Tug McGraw. 


Mike Schmidt's fourth-inning homer off Pete Vuckovjch, his 42nd this season, cleared the center field wall at the 414-foot mark and lifted Philadelphia into a 1-1 tie. The third baseman has hit in seven consecutive games and it was his eighth RBI in the last five games. 


Philadelphia took a 2-1 lead in the fifth. Bowa led off with a single, advanced to third on Bob Boone's single and scored when Carlton hit into a double play. 


The Cardinals tied the game in the eighth when Garry Templeton and Keith Hernandez led off with singles. Templeton scored from second when George Hendrick hit a ground rule double to right.


Carlton intentionally walked Ken Reitz to load the bases, but got out of the inning when Keith Smith grounded to third. 


The Cardinals grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first when Ken Oberkfell led off with a triple and scored on Templeton's grounder.