Dick Ruthven held Atlanta hitless for seven innings, softened in the eighth, then got last-of-the-ninth relief from Ed Farmer. Ruthven struck out league RBI leader Dale Murphy three times and Farmer struck out Murphy for the game's final out in a combined four-hitter by the two Philadelphia right-handers.
Ruthven (3-3) had no other strikeouts but did not allow a base runner until he walked Chris Chambliss with two out in the fifth. Bob Horner singled up the middle leading off the home eighth and came around on a single by Chambliss and a double-play grounder.
Pete Rose, playing in his 500th consecutive game, drove in Philadelphia's second run with a ground out in the third inning after an infield single by Ivan DeJesus, Ruthven's sacrifice and Bob Dernier's safe bunt. Garry Maddox's double in the second drove in Gary Matthews, who had singled, to open the scoring off Phil Niekro (2-1).
After Dernier took second on Rose's out, Mike Schmidt lined a drive that hit Dernier in the head on the base path, knocking him down for the third out. Dernier was shaken but uninjured.
"It was just another game and just another oh-for-four," Rose commented on attaining the 28th 500-game playing streak in the majors. "I never miss a game, so it's not something I think about." Only he and Charlie Gehringer, who played 511 and 504, own two such iron-man stints. Rose's first streak was 678 and ended May 1, 1978.