Kansas City 27 18 .600 ---
Seattle 28 23 .549 2
Philadelphia 25 21 .543 2.5
Chicago 23 22 .511 3.5
Montreal 22 24 .478 5.5
San Diego 22 25 .468 6
California 21 24 .467 6
Cleveland 17 28 .378 10
Kansas City (Drago) at Cleveland (Tiant)
Philadelphia (Jackson) at Chicago (Peters)
California (Messersmith) at Seattle (Pattin)
Montreal (Robertson) at San Diego (Niekro)
Kansas City 7, Cleveland 1: Despite the final score, this was a genuine pitchers duel, with Sam McDowell and Jim Rooker matching scoreless innings into the seventh. The Tribe broke through first, with Tony Horton singling home Jose Cardenal. But in the top of the eighth, Kansas City drew a pair of walks off McDowell, and Bob Oliver doubled both runners home, The Royals then exploded for five runs off the Cleveland bullpen in the top of the ninth to put the game away. Oliver totaled three RBIs with a pair of doubles.
Philadelphia 5, Chicago 0: Jeff James threw a six-hit shutout and was backed by homers from Dick Allen and Deron Johnson. Tony Taylor went 3-for-4 for the Phillies with a walk, a steal and a double; he scored one run. James walked three and fanned two.
Seattle 4, California 3: Diego Segui, Bob Locker and John O'Donoghue combined for four shutout innings of relief to protect the narrow lead for Seattle. Rich Rollins went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and a run scored, and Wayne Comer homered and scored twice for the Pilots. George Brunet staggered through five innings (three runs, six hits, four walks) for the win. Rudy May allowed 11 hits and four runs in eight innings.
Player of the Day: Jeff James, Philadelphia