Chicago 11 7 .611 ---
California 11 8 .579 0.5
Philadelphia 10 8 .556 1
San Diego 11 9 .555 1
Kansas City 9 8 .529 2
Seattle 9 10 .474 3
Cleveland 6 11 .353 5
Montreal 7 13 .350 5.5
Thursday's gamesSan Diego (Santorini) at Cleveland (Ellsworth)
Montreal (Stoneman) at Kansas City (Rooker)
San Diego 6, Cleveland 3: Jerry Morales hit a three-run homer and Ollie Brown a two-run shot, and Joe Niekro carried a shutout into the eighth inning as the Padres beat up Luis Tiant. Jose Cardenal hit a three-run homer in the eighth to chase Niekro; Billy McCool got two outs and Gary Ross induced a double play from the one hitter he faced to get the save. Morales, making his first start, went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Brown and Ivan Murrell each went 3-for-5.
Kansas City 5, Montreal 4: The Royals took advantage of four Montreal errors and got five innings of shutout relief from three hurlers. Pinch-hitter Luis Alcaraz tripled to lead off the sixth and scored on Pat Kelly's single to put the Royals ahead. Dave Wickersham got credit for the win and Moe Drabowsky pitched around a pinch-hit double by Kevin Collins for the save. Bob Bailey of the Expos was injured (15 days); he will be replaced on the roster by Don Bosch and is eligible to return for games of May 21.
California 9. Philadelphia 7: Joe Azcue and Aurelio Rodriguez hit back-to-back homers in the fourth inning and the Angels outslugged the Phillies. Azcue was 4-for-5 with two RBIs, two runs and a double, while Rodriguez drove in four runs in all. Clyde Wright got the win with an inning of shutout relief. Johnny Callison, Dick Allen and John Briggs all homered for the Phillies.
Player of the Day: Joe Azcue, California