Chicago 14 10 .583 ---
San Diego 15 11 .577 ---
Philadelphia 14 11 .560 0.5
Kansas City 13 11 .542 1
California 12 13 .480 2.5
Seattle 12 14 .461 3
Montreal 11 16 .407 4.5
Cleveland 10 15 .400 4.5
Chicago (Horlen) at Philadelphia (Wise)
Kansas City (Nelson) at Seattle (Pattin)
San Diego 9, Montreal 7: Nate Colbert scored three runs and drove in a pair in the sloppy slugfest. The visiting Padres took advantage of three Expos errors to score five runs in the first inning off Montreal starter Howie Reed, and Colbert hit a two-run homer in the second to give Johnny Podres a 7-0 lead. But the Expos got six shutout innings of relief from Steve Renko, who homered, and chipped away at Podres (five runs in five innings), Jack Baldschun (one run in one inning) and Tommy Sisk (one run in two innings) to tie the game in the eighth. But Ollie Brown's one-out double ignited a two-run rally off Dan McGinn in the top of the ninth, and Frank Reberger pitched around a leadoff single for the save. Sisk was the winner. The Expos were charged with five errors for the game, three by second baseman Gary Sutherland.
Cleveland 11, California 3: Ken Suarez and Jose Cardenal each hit three-run homers for the Tribe, and Dick Ellsworth not only went the distance but had three hits himself, scoring twice and driving in a run. Loser Rudy May gave up four runs in five innings, and Pedro Borbon was shelled for seven runs in his three innings of work. Ken Harrelson of Cleveland and Bubba Morton and Billy Cowan of the Angels each hit solo homers. Ellsworth allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out four.
Kansas City 8, Seattle 3: The Royals erupted for seven runs in the top of the ninth against the Pilots' two top relievers to snatch away the win. Pat Kelly hit a three-run homer off Bob Locker, and Luis Alcaraz and Buck Martinez each had RBI doubles. Seattle scored all its runs in the first inning and left the bases loaded in that frame against Wally Bunker. Tom Burgmeier got the win with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief. Locker took the loss.
Player of the Day: Dick Ellsworth, Cleveland