Reading Eagle - March 23, 1980

Phils Win, Carlton Sharp


CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) – Steve Carlton pitched five scoreless innings Saturday as the Philadelphia Phillies took a 3-0 shutout from the Houston Astros.


The big lefthander gave up three hits over the first five innings while walking one and striking out four.


Larry Bowa scored the first run in the third inning, reaching base on an error by shortstop Rafael Landestoy. Bowa moved to third on Carlton’s single and scored on an infield out by Pete Rose. The run came off of losing pitcher Joe Niekro.


Reliever Ken Forsch was tagged for the other two runs in the seventh. Greg Gross singled to left and scored as Garry Maddox followed with a double to deep center.


Maddox advanced to third when Keith Moreland grounded to first base and scored when Bowa laid down a perfect sacrifice squeeze bunt.


The Phils’ win was their seventh in 10 games; Houston fell to 2-7.