Gerald Perry singled home Dale Murphy with one out in the ninth inning last night to lift the Braves over the Pittsburgh Pirates, 2-1, in Atlanta and give Braves Manager Bobby Wine a victory in his debut.
Wine replaced Eddie Haas before the game. Wine, 46, had served as Atlanta's third base coach.
Murphy led off the ninth by drawing a walk off loser Don Robinson, 4-9. Terry Harper moved Murphy to second and Perry followed with a low line down the third base line. Reliever Gene Garber (4-4) was the winner.
The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the first off starter Joe Johnson. Joe Orsulak led off with an infield single and stole second. He moved to third on Johnny Ray's groundout and Bill Madlock followed with an RBI single.
Atlanta tied the score, 1-1, in the seventh off starter Bob Walk. Terry Harper led off with a single and one out later went to second on a grounder by Ken Oberkfell. Glenn Hubbard then singled in Harper.
Haas, 50, was hired after the 1984 season to replace Joe Torre, who was fired after three seasons. It was Haas' first job as a major-league manager. With Haas, the Braves were 50-71 and in fifth place in the National League West. They had lost six games in a row and 13 of their last 15. Atlanta had one first-place and two second-place finishes with Torre.
Haas, a long-time member of the Braves organization who previously managed the Class AAA Richmond Braves, has been told he will be kept in the organization.
"I might step on a few toes here and there," said Wine. "We're going to be a little more aggressive. A lot can happen in six weeks.