Kansas City 24 18 .571 ---
Philadelphia 24 19 .558 0.5
Seattle 26 22 .542 1
Chicago 22 20 .523 2
San Diego 22 23 .489 3.5
Montreal 21 23 .477 4
California 19 23 .452 5
Cleveland 16 26 .380 8
Montreal (Stoneman) at Cleveland (Ellsworth)
Kansas City (Bunker) at Chicago (Edmondson)
California (Murphy) at San Diego (Ross)
Philadelphia (Fryman) at Seattle (Barber)
Montreal 4, Cleveland 1: The Expos jumped on Luis Tiant for four runs in the first inning, and Mark Wegener and three relief pitchers made it stand up. Gary Sutherland's first inning single gave him a reached-base streak of nine plate appearances (six singles, two doubles and a walk) over three games. Wegener was pulled after walking in a run with two outs in the sixth inning; Claude Raymond, Carroll Sembera and Roy Face held the Indians to just two hits the rest of the way. Wegener allowed three hits but walked five in 5.2 innings. After the game the Expos deactivated Sembera and reactivated Don Shaw. Sembera is eligible to return June 20.
Kansas City 6, Chicago 5: Ed Kirkpatrick and Bob Oliver homered for the Royals, who led 5-0 at one point and held on. Bill Butler allowed one run in six innings for Kansas City, but the White Sox picked up two runs in the seventh off reliever Mike Hedlund, and Bill Melton hit a two-run homer in the ninth off Moe Drabowski after Walt Williams reached on a strikeout-wild pitch. Oliver (2-for-4) scored twice, and Kirkpatrick (2-for-4) had three RBIs, a walk and one of his team's three stolen bases (Joe Foy had the other two). Joel Horlen took the loss. Pete Ward of the White Sox must miss the next game with an injury. Don Paveltich of the White Sox had a 15-day injury; he will be replaced on the roster by Angel Bravo and is eligible to return on June 25.
Seattle 6, Philadelphia 5: Deron Johnson's throwing error in the eighth inning allowed Ray Oyler to score the go-ahead run and steal the game from the Phillies, who scored four runs in the first inning but couldn't make that margin last. Mike Hegan's two-run double highlighted a four-run seventh for Seattle. Oyler doubled and walked twice for Seattle, scoring two runs. Bob Locker and John Gelnar (winner) combined for 3.1 hitless innings of relief. Dick Allen homered for Philadelphia, and Larry Hisle tripled twice and added a single in five at-bats. John Boozer took the loss.
California 6, San Diego 2: Jim Spencer and Bill Voss each went 4-for-5 for the Angels, and Jim McGlothlin allowed one run on five hits in seven innings. The Angels tattooed Al Santorini for four runs on four singles, a walk and a pair of sac flies in the third inning, and added two more runs -- another on a sac fly -- in the fifth. The Angels survived a pair of errors by second baseman Sandy Alomar and another by shortstop Jim Fregosi.
Player of the Day: Ed Kirkpatrick, Kansas City