Kansas City 34 22 .607 ---
Seattle 35 27 .565 2
Chicago 31 25 .554 3
Philadelphia 29 27 .517 5
Montreal 28 28 .500 6
California 26 30 .464 8
San Diego 25 31 .446 9
Cleveland 20 38 .345 15
San Diego (Santorini and Sisk) at Seattle (Pattin and Brabender), 2
Philadelphia (Fryman) at Kansas City (Jones)
Montreal (Stoneman) at California (Kealey)
Kansas City 2, Philadelphia 1: Jackie Hernandez ended the pitchers duel with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth off Bill Champion. Dick Drago threw a five-hitter for the Royals, retiring the last 14 men he faced. Champion was almost as good, allowing seven hits in eight innings. Both teams converted first-inning triples into runs; for the the Phillies it was Ron Stone, for the Royals Mike Fiore.
Kansas City 6, Philadelphia 5: The Royals scored four runs in the eighth to pull out the nightcap and secure the doubleheader sweep. Joe Foy homered, tripled and singled in four at-bats with two runs and a pair of RBIs. Mike Hedlund, Tom Burgmeier and Moe Drabowsky combined for three shutout innings of relief, with Burgmeier getting the win and Drabowski the save. Reliever John Boozer took the loss for the Phillies, who got three RBIs from Johnny Callison. Tony Taylor doubled twice for the Phillies with two RBIs.
Chicago 9, Cleveland 7: Tommy McCraw pinch-hit a grand slam and Carlos May bopped a three-run shot in the sixth inning as the White Sox overtook the Indians. The White Sox also got back-to-back homers in the second inning from Bill Melton and Gail Hopkins. Chuck Hinton hit a two-run homer for Cleveland, and Ken Suarez doubled twice, singled once, scored a run and drove in a pair. Dan Osinski was credited with the win after getting one out in the top of the sixth, and Wilbur Wood got the save. Horacio Pina was the loser.
Chicago 9, Cleveland 5: The White Sox, aided by shoddy Cleveland fielding, scored six runs in the seventh inning for another comeback win and the doubleheader sweep. Pete Ward went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs for Chicago, and Ed Herrmann walked, doubled, scored once and drove in one. Jerry Nyman vultured the win in relief of Gary Bell. Steve Hargan, working on three days rest for the short-staffed Tribe, took the loss.
Montreal 9, California 3: Bobby Wine went 4-for-5 with two doubles, four RBIs and three runs as the Expos romped. Gary Sutherland also doubled twice and drove in two runs for Montreal. Steve Renko went six innings for the win, allowing seven hits and a pair of homers, one to Jim Fregosi and the other to Rick Reichardt. Dick Radatz, Howie Reed and Claude Raymond each threw a hitless inning of relief for Montreal. Bob Bailey was injured (eight days) and was replaced on the roster by Remy Hermoso. He is eligible to return July 2.
Montreal 6, California 4: Rusty Staub hit three home runs and drove in all six Expos runs to secure the doubleheader sweep. Jim Fregosi hit a two-run homer in the first for the Angels as they took an early 3-0 lead, but Jerry Robertson steadied for four shutout innings after that. Don Shaw allowed one run (a Jim Spencer homer) in two innings for the win, and Claude Raymond threw two perfect innings for the save. Andy Messersmith took the loss.
Player of the Day: Rusty Staub, Montreal