Kansas City 27 19 .587 ---
Seattle 28 24 .538 2
Philadelphia 25 22 .531 2.5
Chicago 24 22 .521 3
San Diego 23 25 .479 5
California 22 24 .478 5
Montreal 22 25 .468 5.5
Cleveland 18 28 .391 9
Kansas City (Butler) at Cleveland (Hargan)
Philadelphia (Wise) at Chicago (Horlen)
California (McGlothlin) at Seattle (Brabender)
Montreal (Stoneman) at San Diego (Santorini)
Cleveland 7, Kansas City 2: Tony Horton hit a pair of home runs for the Indians, who also got solo shots from Lou Klimchock and Luis Tiant. Horton went 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs. Tiant went the distance, allowing a two-run homer in the eighth to Lou Piniella and striking out eight. The Royals got six hits. Dick Drago (three runs in six innings) took the loss.
Chicago 8, Philadelphia 4: The White Sox knocked Grant Jackson out of the box in the first inning, rattling out six runs on five hits and a pair of walks. The biggest blow was a two-run double by Ron Hansen. Gary Peters went 8.2 innings for the win, allowing three earned runs on 10 hits; Gary Bell retired Don Money with the bases loaded for the final out and the save. Dick Allen homered for the Phillies.
California 2, Seattle 1: Andy Messersmith threw a two-hitter for the Angels, and Jay Johnstone not only scored one of the California runs but threw Tommy Harper out at the plate. Messersmith walked fiveand struck out five; he also threw a pair of wild pitches to plate the sole Seattle run. Marty Pattin allowed two runs in six innings on five hits and three walks.
San Diego 3, Montreal 2: The Padres turned three singles and a walk into three runs in the sixth inning, and relievers Billy McCool and Frank Reberger pitched around extra-base hits in the eight and ninth innings to make the lead stand up. Winner Joe Niekro went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits; he walked and struck out two. Jerry Robertson took the loss in five innings.
Player of the Day; Tony Horton, Cleveland