Houston had 4 runs cross the plate in the 4th inning with the help of 5 hits. The key offensive moment was provided by Mark Bailey who deflated the spirits of the home town crowd when he doubled scoring two baserunners. Houston managed 13 hits in their victory. Niekro(7-12) finished the game allowing 1 run in the victory.
Tom Browning(10-8) was the loser. 'He was moving it around and spotting it very well.' Pete Rose said. Niekro pitched a great game. He deserves all the credit.'