Chicago 11 7 .611 ---
Philadelphia 10 7 .588 0.5
California 10 8 .556 1
San Diego 10 9 .526 2
Kansas City 8 8 .500 2.5
Seattle 9 10 .474 3
Cleveland 6 10 .375 4.5
Montreal 7 12 .368 5
Wednesday's gamesSan Diego (Niekro) at Cleveland (Tiant)
Montreal (Renko) at Kansas City (Butler)
Philadelphia (Wise) at California (McGlothlin)
Cleveland 5, San Diego 3: Sam McDowell struck out 14 and allowed one earned run in the complete game win and added an RBI triple at the plate. His teammates peppered losing pitcher Clay Kirby for three runs in the first inning on five hits, including a Lou Klimchock triple. Ollie Brown homered for the Padres; he also walked, stole a base and scored two runs. Russ Snyder had a pair of RBI singles for Cleveland.
Kansas City 5, Montreal 0: Dick Drago threw a three-hitter for the Royals, walking five and striking out three. The Royals got two RBIs apiece from middle infielders Jerry Adair and Jackie Hernandez, and Pat Kelly doubled, stole a base and scored twice. Mike Fiore of Kansas City was injured (five days); he will remain on the roster.
Seattle 4, Chicago 1: John Gelnar scattered seven hits in eight innings, while the Pilots got two hits apiece from Tommy Harper, Dick Simpson and Wayne Comer to down the White Sox. John O'Donoghue worked a scoreless ninth for the save. Gelnar walked one, hit one and struck out eight.
California 6, Philadelphia 2: Andy Messersmith threw a two-hitter for the Angels, the two hits being a pair of solo homers by Dick Allen and Don Money in the second inning. The platoon approach paid off for California; Bubba Morton's triple off loser Grant Jackson scored the first two runs of the game for the Angels in the sixth. Jackson loaded the bases with two out the next inning with Morton due up; the Phillies brought in Al Raffo; Roger Repoz pinch-hit for Morton and doubled home all three runners. Messersmith struck out 12 and walked three.
Player of the Day: Sam McDowell, Cleveland