The Pittsburgh Pirates shut out the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-0, today on six hits, one of which was a fifth-inning single by Pete Rose that tied Hall of Famer Honus Wagner for most career singles in National League history with 2,426.
Batting right-handed against Pirate starter and winner John Candelaria with two outs in the fifth, the switch-hitting Rose socked his 2-0 pitch over the outstretched hands of second baseman Phil Garner into right-center.
The all-time major league singles record is held by Ty Cobb at 3,052.
Rose was awarded the first base bag and the ball he hit as souvenirs.
Meanwhile, Candelaria and Kent Tekulve combined on the six-hitter and Ed Ott drove in two runs to lead the Pirates.
Candelaria (10-7), making his first start since he was involved in a minor auto accident Tuesday, held a 4-0 lead on five hits through seven innings before he was relieved by Tekulve to open the eighth. Tekulve, making his 60th appearance of the season, struck out the side and yielded a ninth-inning single to Garry Maddox.
The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the third when Dave Parker doubled off loser Nino Espinosa (11-9) and scored on a single by Willie Stargell.
The Pirates chased Espinosa with a three-run fifth inning that began with a bunt single by Omar Moreno, who stole his 48th base of the season before Stargell was walked intentionally with two out. John Milner then singled to right, where outfielder Mike Anderson misplayed the ball for an error. Moreno scored, Stargell took third and Milner reached second. After Bill Madlock was walked intentionally to load the bases, Ott singled to score two more runs. CAPTION: Picture, Phillie Pete Rose bangs out his 2,426th single, tying the league record for most career singles set by famed Honus Wagner. UPI