Kansas City 29 21 .580 ---
Seattle 30 26 .536 2
Chicago 26 23 .531 2.5
Philadelphia 26 24 .520 3
California 25 25 .500 4
Montreal 24 26 .480 5
San Diego 24 27 .470 5.5
Cleveland 19 31 .380 10
California (Messersmith) at Cleveland (Williams)
Montreal (Robertson) at Chicago (Peters)
Philadelphia (Wise) at San Diego (Niekro)
Kansas City (Drago) at Seattle (Pattin)
Cleveland 3, California 2: Luis Tiant homered for the winning run and threw a complete game four-hitter, with both runs allowed unearned. Rudy May allowed four hits in seven innings, but one was a sixth-inning double (Ken Suarez) that followed three walks; Jay Johnstone gunned down Max Alvis at the plate to end that inning. Tiant homered with two outs in the seventh and retired the last 12 Angels he faced.
Chicago 4, Montreal 3: The White Sox unloaded for four runs in the eighth inning, getting doubles for Carlos May, Bill Melton and Bobby Knoop, to top the Expos. Steve Renko entered the inning with a four-hit shutout and a 1-0 lead through seven and wound up taking the loss. Danny Murphy was the winner with a scoreless eighth inning of relief, and Wilbur Wood got the save despite allowing two runs in the ninth.
Kansas City 7, Seattle 5: Bob Oliver drove in a pair of runs in the top of the ninth and Lou Piniella and Pat Kelly each scored twice as the Royals kept their position atop the standings. Mike Hedlund got the win with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, and Moe Drabowsky got the last out by fanning Steve Whitaker with two on. John O'Donoghue (two runs in three innings) took the loss. Greg Goossen hit a three-run homer for the Pilots in the fifth off Jim Rooker, and Jim Pagliaroni also homered. Kelly hit a homer for the Royals off George Brunet. Oliver was 3-for-5 with a stolen base, and Piniella was 3-for-4.
Player of the Day: Luis Tiant, Cleveland