Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Games of Friday, Aug. 22

Chicago             66      47      .584     ---
Seattle               68      50       .576     0.5
Kansas City       62      56      .525      6.5
California          56      60      .483    11.5
Cleveland          56      62      .475    12.5
Montreal           55      63       .466    13.5
Philadelphia      55      64       .462    14
San Diego         51      67       .432    17.5


Friday's games
San Diego (Santorini) at Philadelphia (James)
Chicago (John) at Montreal (Stoneman)
Cleveland (Williams) at Kansas City (Drago)
Seattle (Barber) at California (McGlothlin)

Philadelphia 3, San Diego 2: Cookie Rojas drove in Don Money with a walk-off triple off reliever Tommy Sisk. Rich Joseph homered and drove in a run with a single. Al Raffo threw two scoreless innings for the win.

Kansas City 2, Cleveland 1: Chuck Harrison singled home Buck Martinez with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the Royals overcame 10 strikeouts to beat Sam McDowell. Jim Rooker allowed three hits in eight innings; Moe Drabowsky tossed a perfect ninth for the save. McDowell allowed seven hits and two walks. After the game, the Royals deactivated Jim Campanis and reactivated Pat Kelly. Campanis is eligible to return when rosters expand.

Seattle 8, California 4:  The Pilots scored six runs off Andy Messersmith in the sixth inning, piling up four walks and four singles in the inning. Marty Pattin allowed one run in five innings for the win; Pattin allowed four hits without a walk. Tommy Harper homered, doubled, singled, drew three walks, stole a base, scored twice and drove in a pair. Steve Hovley drove in three runs. Jerry McNertney was injured (7 days) and will be replaced on the roster by Merritt Ranew. McNertney is eligible to return when rosters expand.

Player of the Day: Tommy Harper, Seattle


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Games of Thursday, Aug. 21

Chicago             66      47      .584     ---
Seattle               67      50       .572     1
Kansas City       61      56      .521      7
California          56      59      .487    11
Cleveland          56      61      .478    12
Montreal           55      63       .466    13.5
Philadelphia      54      64       .458    14.5
San Diego         51      66       .436    17.5


Friday's games
San Diego (Ross) at Philadelphia (Wise)
Cleveland (McDowell) at Kansas City (Rooker)
Seattle (Pattin) at California (Messersmith)

Philadelphia 7, San Diego 2: Grant Jackson allowed two runs in the first, then shut down the Padres for the next six innings. John Briggs tied the game with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first and added a double, an RBI single and a walk. Jackson walked five but got a pair of double play grounders and fanned six. Joe Niekro took the loss. Cito Gaston was injured (three days) and will remain on the roster.

San Diego 8, Philadelphia 2: Nate Colbert hit three homers for the Padres, and Dick Kelley held the Phillies to five hits in eight innings. Colbert drove in five runs with his three blasts, two off losing pitcher Woodie Fryman and the last off reliever John Boozer. Kelley surrendered a pair of back-to-back homers to Cookie Rojas and Mike Ryan in the fourth inning. The Padres hit for the cycle in a three-run first: double by Ollie Brown, homer by Colbert, triple by Al Ferrara and single by Ed Spiezio.

Chicago 4, Montreal 3: Buddy Bradford hit a two-run homer to cap a three-run third, and Gary Peters scattered nine hits in eight innings for the White Sox. Jose Herrera pinch-hit a two-run homer in the seventh for the Expos. Wilbur Wood worked a scoreless ninth for the save.

Kansas City 4, Cleveland 1: Roger Nelson took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and finished with a three-hitter. The Royals scored three runs in the second off Dick Ellsworth. Duke Sims homered for the only Cleveland run. Nelson walked four but got three double play grounders.

Player of the Day: Nate Colbert, San Diego

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Game of Wednesday, Aug. 20

Chicago             65      47      .580     ---
Seattle               67      50       .572     0.5
Kansas City       60      56      .517      7
California          56      59      .487    10.5
Cleveland          56      60      .483    11
Montreal           55      62       .470    12.5
Philadelphia      53      63       .457    14
San Diego         50      65       .435    17


Thursday's games
San Diego (Niekro and Kelley) at Philadelphia (Jackson and Fryman)
Chicago (Peters) at Montreal (Waslewski)
Cleveland (Ellsworth) at Kansas City (Nelson)

Cleveland 5, Kansas City 2: Ken Harrelson led off a four-run third inning with a homer for the Tribe, and Vern Fuller doubled home two men in the frame. Luis Tiant allowed two runs in 6.1 innings for the win; he allowed five hits and three walks while striking out two. Mike Paul, Larry Burchart and Horacio Pina pieced together the final eight outs despite walking three men between them.

Player of the Day: Vern Fuller, Cleveland

Friday, August 11, 2017

Games of Tuesday, Aug. 19

Chicago              65     47      .580     ---
Seattle                67     50       .572     0.5
Kansas City       60      55      .522     6.5
California          56      59      .487    10.5
Cleveland          55      60      .478    11.5
Montreal           55      62       .470    12.5
Philadelphia      53      63       .457    14
San Diego         50      65       .435    17


Wednesday's game
Cleveland (Tiant) at Kansas City (Bunker)

Montreal 4, Seattle 3: Rusty Staub hit a two-run homer and Mark Wegener held the Pilots to two runs and four hits over 7.1 innings. Seattle stole four bases off Wegener, who walked five and struck out six. Gene Brabender took the loss for the Pilots, and Dan McGinn got the save despite allowing a solo homer to Jim Pagliaroni in the ninth. Wayne Comer also homered for Seattle.

Montreal 6, Seattle 2: Rusty Staub's two-run homer highlighted a five-run first for Montreal. Bill Stoneman allowed one earned run in eight innings. He yielded four hits, one a homer by Gerry McNertney, walked three and struck out five. Marty Pattin took the loss.

Cleveland 7, Philadelphia 1: Ken Harrelson ended Jerry Johnson's no-hit bid with a solo homer in the seventh inning to tie the score. The Indians then scored three in the eighth and four more in the ninth to run away from the Phillies. Larry Brown hit a three-run triple in the ninth. Steve Hargan went seven innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits, for the win; Ron Law threw two scoreless frames for the save.

Kansas City 4, San Diego 1: Bill Butler allowed four hits in 8.1 innings and Jerry Adair doubled in a pair of runs for Kansas City. Moe Drabowsky struck out the final two hitters, who each represented the tying run, for the save. Lou Piniella scored two runs.

Player of the Day: Rusty Staub, Montreal

Friday, August 4, 2017

Games of Monday, Aug. 18

Seattle               67    48       .582     ---
Chicago             65     47      .580     0.5
Kansas City       59     55      .518     7.5
California          56     59      .487    11
Cleveland          54     60      .473    12.5 
Montreal           54     62      .466    13.5 
Philadelphia      53     62      .461    14
San Diego         50     64      .439    17


Tuesday's games
Cleveland (Hargan) at Philadelphia (Jackson)
Seattle (Pattin and Brabender) at Montreal (Stoneman and Wegener), 2
San Diego (Kirby) at Kansas City (Butler)

Cleveland 4, Philadelphia 3 (11 innings): Larry Brown tripled home the winning run in the top of the 11th as the Indians survived a pair of home runs by Dick Allen. Allen hit a two-run homer off Sam McDowell in the third and a solo shot in the fifth. Ken Harrelson homered in the sixth for the Tribe. Russ Snyder scored the tying run in the ninth and the winner in the 11th. Horacio Pina got the win, Mike Paul the save, and John Boozer took the loss.

Seattle 3, Montreal 0: Bob Meyer threw a two-hitter for the Pilots and Steve Hovley went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Meyer walked three and struck out six. The Expos got a single in the sixth from Rusty Staub and another in the eighth from Gary Sutherland. Jerry Robertson took the loss.

Kansas City 6, San Diego 2: The Royals snapped their losing streak behind a strong outing from Dick Drago, who took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning. Drago wound up going 8.2 innings, allowing two runs on six hits; he didn't walk a Padre and fanned seven. Jackie Hernandez scored a pair of runs and drove in two. Al Santorini took the loss.

California 9, Chicago 2: Bill Voss hit a grand slam in the first inning and added an RBI single to power the Angels to the win. Jim McGlothlin went seven innings for the win, allowing two runs on seven hits. He fanned five without a walk. Joel Horlen took the loss. Bob Christian was injured for three days; he will remain on the Angels roster. Joe Azcue was injured for 10 days; he is off the roster and replaced by Tom Tischinski off the emergency list.

Player of the Day: Bob Meyer, Seattle

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Games of Sunday, Aug. 17

Chicago             65     46      .585     ---
Seattle               66    48       .579     0.5
Kansas City       58     55      .513     8
California          56     59      .487    11
Montreal           54     61       .470   13 
Cleveland          53     60      .469    14
Philadelphia      53     61       .465   14.5
San Diego         50     63       .442   16.5


Monday's games
Cleveland (McDowell) at Philadelphia (Wise)
Seattle (Meyer) at Montreal (Robertson)
San Diego (Santorini) at Kansas City (Drago)
Chicago (Horlen) at California (McGlothlin)

Montreal 9, Seattle 2: Rusty Staub went 4-for-5 with a homer and double, driving in three runs, as the Expos pounded the Pilots. Steve Renko went the distance for the Expos, allowing six hits and just one earned run.  Gary Sutherland went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Starter Mike Marshall was the loser. After the game, the Pilots demoted Merritt Ranew and brought back Bob Meyer.

Chicago 7, California 0: Tommy John threw a eight-hit shutout and the White Sox moved into first place. Buddy Bradford hit a two-run homer in the eighth to salt the win. Luis Aparicio scored a pair of runs, and Don Pavletich and Walt Williams each tripled for Chicago. Clyde Wright took the loss.

Player of the Day: Rusty Staub, Montreal

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Games of Saturday, Aug. 16

Seattle               66    47       .584     ---
Chicago             64     46      .581      0.5
Kansas City       58     55      .513      8
California          56     58      .491    10.5
Cleveland          53     60      .469    13
Montreal           53     61       .465   13.5
Philadelphia      53     61       .465   13.5
San Diego         50     63       .442   16


Sunday's games
Seattle (Marshall) at Montreal (Renko)
Chicago (John) at California (Wright)

Seattle 9, Montreal 7: John Donaldson hit a three-run double and Wayne Comer drove in two runs and scored twice himself as the Pilots prevailed in a slugfest. Steve Barber got the win despite allowing five runs in five innings. John O'Donoghue got the last out with the tying run on second for the save.  Gary Waslewski took the loss.

Cleveland 9, Philadelphia 3: Ken Harrelson homered twice and Luis Tiant struck out nine Phillies in a five-hitter. The game was scoreless going into the bottom of the fifth, when the Phillies scored three runs on some bloopers and shoddy Cleveland fielding, but the Tribe responded with five in the top of the sixth, with the Phillies committing a pair of errors. Jeff James took the loss for Philadelphia. 

Philadelphia 9. Cleveland 6: Cookie Rojas hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first and John Briggs hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth as the Phillies salvaged a split of the doubleheader. Ken Harrelson went 3-for-4 with a double and a walk; he scored a run and drove in one. Bill Wilson was the winner with one perfect inning of relief; Stan Williams, working his fourth inning of relief, was the loser.

San Diego 4, Kansas City 0: Joe Niekro allowed five hits in eight innings for the Padres, while Larry Stahl went 4-for-5 with a run scored and two RBIs and Jose Arcia scored twice. Niekro walked four and struck out two. Mike Hedlund took the loss.

San Diego 6, Kansas City 2: Dick Kelley took a shutout into the ninth inning and finished with a six-hitter. Al Ferrara hit a pair of doubles for the Padres, who scored three runs in the first and three more in the fifth. John Sipin (Padres) and Jim Campanis (Royals) were injured, each will miss two days and remain on the roster. The reeling Royals have lost six in a row.

Chicago 4, California 1 (11 innings): Buddy Bradford hit a three-run homer off Eddie Fisher in the 11th to lift the White Sox to the win. Bill Melton hit a pair of doubles and scored twice, once in the seventh to tie the game and ahead of Bradford's blast. Andy Messersmith fannsed 12 in nine innings, allowing four hits in nine innings. Jim Fregosi homered off Gary Bell in the fourth for the only California run; Bell went six innings and allowed three hits and struck out six. Carlos May came off the inactive list, replacing Angel Bravo; May was promptly injured again (six days) and returns to the inactive list, with Bravo returning to the active roster.

Player of the Day: Ken Harrelson, Cleveland

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Games of Friday, Aug. 15

Seattle               65    47       .580     ---
Chicago             63     46      .574      0.5
Kansas City       58     53      .527      6.5
California          56     57      .496      9.5
Montreal           53     60       .469   12.5
Cleveland          52     59      .468    12.5
Philadelphia      52     60       .464   13
San Diego         48     63       .432   16.5


Saturday's games
Seattle (Barber) at Montreal (Waslewski)
Cleveland (Tiant and Paul) at Philadelphia (James and Champion), 2
San Diego (Niekro and Kelley) at Kansas City (Rooker and Hedlund), 2
Chicago (Bell) at California (Messersmith)

Seattle 5, Philadelphia 2: John Gelnar allowed one run on three hits in seven innings, striking out seven. Ray Oyler hit a two-run homer in the second inning off loser Woody Fryman, and Tommy Harper added a solo shot off Lowell Palmer in the eighth. Larry Hisle homered off reliever Diego Segui. Jim Pagliaroni was injured for Seattle and must miss the next two days. After the game, the Pilots reactivated Don Mincher and Merritt Ranew and deactivated Dick Simpson and Ron Clark; Simpson and Clark are eligible to return Aug. 26.

Chicago 3, Kansas City 0: Billy Wynne walked the first three men of the game and still survived to throw a seven-hit, five-walk shutout. The Royals had at least two baserunners in each of the first four innings and couldn't push a run across. Bobby Knoop had a two-run double in the sixth inning.

Player of the Day: Billy Wynne, Chicago

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Games of Thursday, Aug. 14

Seattle               64     47       .577     ---
Chicago             62     46      .574      0.5
Kansas City       58     52      .527      5.5
California          56     57      .496      9
Montreal           53     60       .469   12
Cleveland          52     59      .468    12
Philadelphia      52     59       .468   12
San Diego         48     63       .432   16


Friday's games
Seattle (Gelnar) at Philadelphia (Fryman)
Chicago (Wynne) at Kansas City (Bunker)

Montreal 5, Cleveland 4: The Expos scored three unearned runs in the seventh inning to tie the game, then got a walk-off single from Ron Brand in the ninth. The Indians scored three runs in the first, highlighted by a two-run homer by Ken Harrelson, and made it 4-0 after two. Steve Hargan shut out the Expos for five innings before Coco Laboy's homer led off the sixth. Don Shaw picked up the win and Dick Ellsworth took the loss in relief.

Seattle 5, Philadelphia 4: The Pilots got two-run homers from Tommy Davis and Greg Goossen to overtake the Phillies. Dick Allen hit a three-run homer in the first off Gene Brabender, but Brabender then held the Phillies scoreless through the sixth, and the Pilots got two in the fourth off Grant Jackson and three more in the sixth. Jim Bouton, Mike Marshall and John O'Donoghue combined for three innings of three-hit, one-run relief.

Chicago 14, Kansas City 2: Bill Melton hit a three-run homer in the first inning and drove in two more in the ninth with a double as the White Sox batted around twice in routing the Royals. Melton went 4-for-5 with a walk and three runs scored. Walt Williams scored four runs, Luis Aparicio scored three and Pete Ward a pair. Gary Peters went seven innings for the win, and Roger Nelson took the loss.

California 7, San Diego 4: Billy Cowan's pinch-hit grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth gave a Angels a dramatic comeback win. Clay Kirby had held the Angels to one run in eight innings, but he was relieved with two outs in the ninth after Rich Reichardt's second RBI triple of the game. Bill McCool gave up a double and two walks and gave way to Frank Reberger, who inherited a one-run lead. Cowan immediately homered. Hoyt Wilhelm got the win with a scoreless inning of relief. McCool takes the loss.

Player of the Day: Billy Cowan, California

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Games of Wednesday, Aug. 13

Seattle               63     47       .572     ---
Chicago             61     46      .570      0.5
Kansas City       58     51      .532      4.5
California          55     57      .491      9
Philadelphia      52     58       .472   11
Cleveland          52     58      .472    11
Montreal           52     60       .464   12
San Diego         48     62       .436   15


Thursday's games
Cleveland (Hargan) at Montreal (Waslewski)
Seattle (Brabender) at Philadelphia (Jackson)
Chicago (Peters) at Kansas City (Nelson)
San Diego (Kirby) at California (Murphy)

Cleveland 8, Montreal 5 (12 innings): Ray Fosse's pinch-hit grand slam off Larry Jaster lifted the Tribe to the win. Dick Ellsworth got the win with two innings of cliff hanging relief; he twice had the winning run on third base, once with one out, the other with no outs, and escaped without allowing the run. Hawk Harrelson homered and scored twice for Cleveland. Carroll Sembera of the Expos was demoted after the game and replaced on the roster by Dick Radatz; Sembera is eligible to return Aug. 24.

Chicago 7, Kansas City 4: The Royals were charged with five errors and failed to make numerous other plays. Gail Hopkins and Pete Ward hit consecutive homers in the first inning off Dick Drago. Mike Hedlund took the loss in relief; Gary Bell got the win with a save from Wilbur Wood. For the White Sox, Tommy McCraw (5 days) and Ken Berry (2 days) were both injured; McCraw will be deactivated and Angel Bravo added to the roster. McCraw is eligible to return Aug. 24.

Chicago 6, Kansas City 4 (10 innings): Luis Aparicio and Walt Williams each had two-out RBI singles in the 10th inning to lift the White Sox to the win. Three of Chicago's runs were unearned. Jack Hamilton got the win with two scoreless innings of relief, and Wilbur Wood threw a perfect ninth for the save. Williams went 3-for-6 with two doubles, a run and an RBI for the Sox.

Seattle 2, Philadelphia 1: Marty Pattin took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and Gus Gil hit a pair of sacrifice flies for Seattle. Dick Allen led off the eighth with a homer for the Phillies only hit of the game. Pattin walked one and struck out five in eight innings. Bob Locker pitched the ninth for the save.

Seattle 12, Philadelphia 2: George Brunet allowed two runs on five hits in eight innings, and the Pilots drew 11 walks. Tommy Harper scored three runs and stole a pair of bases; he was 3-for-5 with a walk. Steve Hovley singled twice, walked twice, stole a base, scored twice and drove in a pair. Jerry McNertney had a three-run double. Dick Allen homered for Philadelphia. Jerry Johnson took the loss. Deron Johnson (Phillies) was injured (10 days); he is deactivated and eligible to return Aug. 24. Cookie Rojas, recovered from his injury, returns from the inactive list early.

California 11, San Diego 1: The Angels peppered three Padres pitchers for 17 hits. Jay Johnstone went 4-for-5 with five RBIs, three runs, a homer and a double. Rudy May went the distance, allowing an unearned run on five hits.  Aurelio Rodriguez (three days) and Tom Egan (two days) were injured for the Angels; both will remain on the roster.

California 4, San Diego 3: The Angels scored two runs off Frank Reberger in the bottom of the ninth to get the doubleheader sweep. Reberger wild-pitched the tying run home after a leadoff triple by Jay Johnstone, then allowed a single, two walks and another single (by Joe Azcue) to end it. Johnstone went 3-for-5 for the game and threw a runner out at the plate. Bob Priddy got the win in relief. The Padres lost both Cito Caston and Nate Colbert for one day to injury; they will remain on the roster.

Player of the day: Jay Johnstone, California

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Game of Tuesday, Aug 12

Seattle               61     47       .564     ---
Chicago             59     46      .561      0.5
Kansas City       58     49      .542      2.5
California          53     57      .481      9
Philadelphia      52     57       .477     9.5
Montreal           52     59       .468   10.5
Cleveland          51     58      .468    10.5
San Diego         48     60       .444    13


Wednesday's games
Cleveland (McDowell) at Montreal (Wegener)
Seattle (Pattin and Brunet) at Philadelphia (Wise and Johnson), 2
Chicago (John and Horlen) at Kansas City (Drago and Butler), 2
San Diego (Santorini and Sisk) at California (May and McGlothlin), 2

Cleveland 8, Montreal 7 (15 innings): Lou Klimchock drove in the go-ahead run to end a back-and forth marathon. Larry Burchart threw 5.2 innings of one-hit shutout relief to earn the win, and Horacio Pina threw a perfect frame in the bottom of the 15th for the save; Claude Raymond, who allowed one run in four innings, took the loss. The Expos raked up six runs in the first five innings against Luis Tiant, but Jerry Robertson was stung for four runs in the fifth, including a two-run triple by Tony Horton. Horton hit a two-run homer in the ninth to put the Tribe ahead, but Mike Paul allowed doubles to Bob Bailey and Coco Laboy to tie the game in the bottom of the inning. Laboy also homered and drove in three runs. After the game the Expos demoted Raymond and activated Carroll Sembera; Raymond is eligible to return Aug. 23.

Player of the Day: Larry Burchart, Cleveland

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Games of Sunday, Aug. 10

Seattle               61     47       .564     ---
Chicago             59     46      .561      0.5
Kansas City       58     49      .542      2.5
California          53     57      .481      9
Philadelphia      52     57       .477     9.5
Montreal           52     58       .473   10
Cleveland          50     58      .462    11
San Diego         48     60       .444    13


Monday's games
None

Tuesday's game
Cleveland (Tiant) at Montreal (Robertson)

California 7, Cleveland 6: Pinch-hitter Bill Voss opened the eighth with a walk and wound up scoring the go-ahead run on a passed ball, and relievers Hoyt Wilhelm and Ken Tatum made the lead stand up. Sandy Alomar and Jay Johnstone each scored a pair of runs in the first two innings as the Angels built a big lead, but the Indians scored four runs in the sixth to take a 6-5 lead off winner Andy Messersmith. Two of the Angels runs were unearned. Larry Burchart took the loss.

Montreal 5, Chicago 2: Steve Renko allowed two hits and one run in seven innings, and Ty Cline stole a pair of bases and scored twice for the Expos. Gary Sutherland and Coco Laboy each tripled for Montreal. Roy Face got the final two outs after allowing an inherited run to score for the save. Billy Wynne was the loser.

Philadelphia 4, San Diego 1: Woody Fryman allowed one run on nine hits in seven innings for the Phillies, and John Boozer threw two scoreless innings for the save. Tony Taylor singled and doubled, scoring a run and driving in one. The Padres' Walt Hriniak was injured (10 days) and is replaced on the roster by Gary Korb off the emergency list as the second catcher. Hriniak is eligible to return Aug 21. 

Seattle 7, Kansas City 2: Jim Pagliaroni hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning and Wayne Comer a grand slam in the seventh to power the Pilots. Steve Barber allowed one run in five innings for the win, and John Gelnar allowed one run in four innings for the save. Wally Bunker took the loss. Steve Hovley and Mike Hegan, who each drew a pair of walks, each scored twice; Pagliaroni went 3-for-4. The Royal' Pat Kelly was injured (eight days) and will be replaced on the roster by Buck Martinez; Kelly is eligible to retunr Aug. 21.

Player of the Day: Jim Pagliaroni, Seattle

Friday, July 7, 2017

Games of Saturday, Aug. 9

Chicago             59     45      .567      ---
Seattle               60     47       .561      0.5
Kansas City       58     48      .547      2
California          52     57       .477      9.5
Philadelphia      51     57       .472    10
Montreal           51     58       .468    10.5
Cleveland          50     57      .467     10.5
San Diego         48     59       .449    12.5


Sunday's games
California (Messersmith) at Cleveland (Williams)
Montreal (Renko) at Chicago (Wynne)
Kansas City (Bunker) at Seattle (Barber)
Philadelphia (Fryman) at San Diego (Niekro)

Chicago 9, Montreal 2: The White Sox drew seven walks in the first three innings off Gary Waslewski as they took a 6-0 lead. Gary Peters went the distance, allowing nine hits. Leadoff hitters Adolpho Phillips and Luis Aparicio each homered, singled, walked twice and scored twice, but only Aparicio stole a base.

Chicago 7, Montreal 3: Gail Hopkins homered and Pete Ward went 3-for-3 with a triple, two walks and two runs as the White Sox swept the Expos. Don Secrist relieved Joel Horlen in the sixth with the bases loaded and one out; the lefty got a double-play grounder, then threw three shutout innings for the save, allowing just one hit. Bill Stoneman took the loss.

California 1, Cleveland 0: Joe Azcue homered with two outs in the top of the ninth to break the scoreless duel between Tom Murphy and Sam McDowell, Ken Tatum entered in the bottom of the inning to induce a double play grounder to end it. Murphy allowed three hits in 8.1 innings, walking one and striking out three. McDowell allowed seven hits and one walk with nine strikeouts.

Philadelphia 5, San Diego 3: Dick Allen homered to start the Phillies' three-run second, and the visitors never trailed. Grant Jackson went eight innings for the win, allowing two runs on seven hits, one a homer by Al Ferrara. Bill Wilson allowed a run in the ninth but picked up the save. Clay Kirby was the losing pitcher.

Kansas City 7, Seattle 2: Pat Kelly and Mike Fiore homered to open the game for the Royals, and the Pilots never caught up. Roger Nelson allowed just one hit through the first six innings but didn't get an out in the seventh, but Dave Morehead got out of the jam. Lou Piniella and Jim Campanis each hit two-run doubles for the Royals.

Player of the Day: Pete Ward, Chicago


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Games of Friday, Aug. 8

Seattle               60     46       .566      ---
Chicago             57     45      .558      1
Kansas City       57     48      .543      2.5
Montreal           51     56       .477      9.5
California          51     57       .472   10
Cleveland          50     56      .471     10
Philadelphia      50     57       .467    10.5
San Diego         48     58       .452    12


Saturday's games
California (Murphy) at Cleveland (McDowell)
Montreal (Waslewski and Stoneman) at Chicago (Peters and Horlen)
Kansas City (Nelson) at Seattle (Segui)
Philadelphia (Jackson) at San Diego (Kirby)

Cleveland 7, California 6 (12 innings): The Cleveland bullpen allowed one hit in 4.2 innings before Ken Harrelson scored his third run of the game to win it. It was a remarkably sloppy game, with a pair of three-base errors (Jose Cardenal for Cleveland, Roger Repoz for California) and an outfield collision between Rick Reichardt and Jay Johnstone for California that was credited as an inside-the-park homer for Harrelson. The Indians committed three other errors, the Angels one. Pedro Borbon took the loss, Mike Paul got the win. Jim Fregosi went 5-for-6 with a homer, two doubles, three runs and two RBIs.

San Diego 8, Philadelphia 3: Ed Spiezio hit a pair of two-run homers off Jerry Johnson and Tommy Dean added another. Johnny Podres went six innings for the win, allowing three runs on seven hits, one a homer by Dick Allen. Dean scored twice for the Padres. 

Seattle 6, Kansas City 5, (18 innings): Dick Simpson singled home the game-winner off Tom Burgmeier to end the marathon. Both teams depleted their bullpens; Seattle got six one-hit innings from Jim Bouton, and Burgmeier was in his fifth inning for the Royals when Simpson ended it. Lou Piniella drove in four runs for the Royals with a homer, two doubles and a single in nine at-bats. Wayne Comer homered for Seattle. John Gelnar got the win with two scoreless innings. The Royals activated Dave Morehead after the game and demoted Hawk Taylor, who is eligible to return Aug. 18.

Player of the Day: Ed Spiezio, San Diego

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Games of Thursday, Aug. 7

Seattle               59     46       .562      ---
Chicago             57     45      .558      0.5
Kansas City       57     47      .548      1.5
Montreal           51     56       .477      9
California          51     56       .477      9
Philadelphia      50     56       .471      9.5
Cleveland          49     56      .467     10
San Diego         47     58       .478    12


Friday's games
California (McGlothlin) at Cleveland (Tiant)
Kansas City (Butler) at Seattle (Brabender)
Philadelphia (Johnson) at San Diego (Podres)

Philadelphia 7, San Diego 1: Rick Wise went the distance, allowing one unearned run on six hits. Don Money homered, doubled and singled in four at-bats, driving in three runs and scoring a pair. Tommy Sisk took the loss for the Padres.

Philadelphia 10, San Diego 8: Rick Joseph drove in four runs with two singles and a triple as the Phillies secured the doubleheader sweep. The Padres committed three errors and a passed ball afield. Bill Champion went eight innings for the win, allowing five runs on six hits and seven walks. Gary Ross took the loss. Cookie Rojas was injured for the Phillies (6 days); he will be replaced on the roster by Rick Barry and is eligible to return Aug. 17.

Cleveland 2, California 1: Errors by Jim Fregosi and Aurelio Rodriguez resulted in a pair of unearned Cleveland runs in the bottom of the eighth. Winner Dick Ellsworth allowed one run in eight innings on four hits. Loser Rudy May allowed the two unearned runs in 7.2 innings on six hits. Mike Paul faced three hitters in the ninth for the save.The Angels have returned Tom Tischinski to the emergency list and activated Vic Davalillo.

Chicago 3, Montreal 2, 10 innings: Luis Aparicio had a walk-off bunt and Tommy John went all 10 innings for the win. Bill Melton hit a two-run homer off Mark Wegener, who went nine innings himself, allowing just the two runs on two hits. Dan McGinn took the loss in relief. Gary Sutherland went 4-for-5 with a double and a run scored for the Expos.

Seattle 11, Kansas City 3: Greg Goossen hit for the cycle as the Pilots overpowered the Royals. George Brunet went eight innings for the win, allowing a pair of homers (Pat Kelly and Bob Oliver) but only three other hits. Tommy Davis drove in three runs for Seattle, and Ron Clark went 3-for-5, including a double, with two RBIs and a run scored. Jim Rooker took the loss.

Player of the Day: Greg Goossen, Seattle


Monday, June 19, 2017

Games of Wednesday, Aug. 6

Seattle               58     46       .558      ---
Chicago             56     45      .554      0.5
Kansas City       57     46      .553      0.5
California          51     55       .481      8
Montreal           51     55       .481      8
Cleveland          48     56      .462    10
Philadelphia      48     56       .462   10
San Diego         47     56       .456    10.5


Thursday's games
Philadelphia (Wise and Champion) at San Diego (Sisk and Ross), 2
California (May) at Cleveland (Ellsworth)
Montreal (Wegener) at Chicago (John)
Kansas City (Rooker) at Seattle (Brunet)


Kansas City 7, Cleveland 4, 19 innings: The Royals broke their losing streak with a marathon. Relievers Horacio Pina and Mike Hedlund each worked the equivalent of an extra-inning game themselves. Hedlund shut out the Tribe for 11 innings, allowing seven hits and one walk while striking out 10 and got the win. Pina threw nine scoreless inning before the Royals broke through for three runs in the top of the 19th. Ken Harrelson homered for Cleveland; Moe Drabowsky got the save for Kansas City.

San Diego 3, Montreal 1: Jack Baldschun entered for the Padres with runners on second and third, no outs in the top of the ninth and didn't allow a ball out of the infield to secure the victory. San Diego took the lead with two runs in the eighth, both charged to reliever Dan McGinn. Jerry Robertson shut out the Padres on four hits through six innings, but the Padres chased him with three straight singles in the seventh to tie the game. Joe Niekro got the win; he allowed five hits in eight innings, walking three and striking out two.

Seattle 6, California 4: Steve Whitaker and  Wayne Comer homered for the Pilots, and Bob Meyer allowed two earned runs in six innings for the win. Seattle left nine men in scoring position against Angels starter and loser Andy Messersmith. Ray Oyler of the Pilots will miss one game with a minor injury. The Pilots demoted Meyer after the game and reactivated George Brunet.

Player of the Day: Mike Hedlund, Kansas City.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Games of Tuesday, Aug. 5

Chicago             56     45      .554      ---
Seattle               57     46       .553      ---
Kansas City       56     46      .549      0.5
California          51     54       .486      7
Montreal           51     54       .486      7
Cleveland          48     55      .466      9
Philadelphia      48     56       .462     9.5
San Diego         46     56       .451    11


Wednesday's games
Kansas City (Drago) at Cleveland (Hargan)
Montreal (Robertson) at San Diego (Niekro)
California (Messersmith) at Seattle (Meyer)

Cleveland 9, Kansas City 1:  Sam McDowell allowed just four hits and Ken Harrelson doubled, tripled and homered for the Indians. The Hawk scored three runs and drove in three. The Royals have lost seven in a row. Max Alvis also homered for Cleveland.

Chicago 4, Philadelphia 3 (11 innings): Buddy Bradford singled home the game winner after Wilbur Wood worked around a leadoff triple in the previous half-inning. Don Pavleitch hit a two-run homer for the White Sox in the fourth. Bill Melton was injured and has to miss the second game of the doubleheader.

Philadelphia 6, Chicago 2: Grant Jackson allowed one run in eight innings while Tony Taylor and Johnny Callison each scored twice. Gary Peters struck out nine men in six innings for the Sox, but the two runs he allowed still made him the loser. The Phillies broke the game open in the top of the ninth, scoring three runs off Jerry Nyman. Carlos May was injured for the White Sox (eigth days); he will be replaced on the roster by Bob Christian and is eligible to return Aug 16.

Montreal 3, San Diego 1: Rusty Staub homered and doubled to power the Expos. Howie Reed went seven innings for the win, allowing one run on five hits, and Claude Raymond, Don Shaw and Roy Face combined to get the final six outs. Al Santorini took the loss.

Montreal 5, San Diego 4: Bob Bailey homered and Rusty Staub drove in a pair of runs as the Expos swept the Padres. Steve Renko went eight innings for the win; he allowed four runs on six hits. Roy Face got his second save of the day with a scoreless ninth. Cito Gaston tripled and doubled for San Diego, scoring two runs.

California 9, Seattle 6: The Angels cracked three homers off Steve Barber, highlighted by a three-run first inning shot by Rick Reichardt, and held on to the early lead. Aurelio Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a pair of runs scored. Jay Johnstone also homered for the Angels, as did Steve Whitaker for Seattle. For the Angels, Joe Azcue was injured and will miss the Wednesday game; Steve Kealey, who started and won this game, will be demoted and Tom Tischinski activated from the emergency squad. Kealey is eligible to return Aug. 16. For the Pilots, Don Mincher was injured (seven days); he will be replaced by Bob Meyer and is eligible to return Aug 16.

Player of the day: Roy Face, Montreal

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Games of Monday, Aug. 4

Seattle               57     45       .558     ---
Chicago             55     44      .556      0.5
Kansas City       56     45      .554      0.5
California          50     54       .481      8
Montreal           49     54       .476      8.5
Cleveland          47     55      .461     10
Philadelphia      47     55       .461    10
San Diego         46     54       .460    10.5


Tuesday's games
Kansas City (Bunker) at Cleveland (McDowell)
Philadelphia (Jackson and Fryman) at Chicago (Wynn and Peters), 2
Montreal (Reed and Renko) at San Diego (Kirby and Santorini),2
California (Wright) at Seattle (Barber)

Cleveland 4, Kansas City 3: Ken Suarez dropped a pinch-hit single in front of left fielder Bob Oliver to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth and give the Royals their sixth straight loss. Luis Tiant allowed eight hits for Cleveland in the complete-game win; one of the three runs he allowed was unearned. Lou Klimchock hit a two-run homer for the Tribe. Steve Jones took the loss in relief. Tony Horton will miss the Indians' next game.

San Diego 3, Montreal 0: Dick Kelley threw a two-hit shutout and Ollie Brown doubled twice, walked twice, stole two bases and scored one run and drove in another for the Padres. Loser Bill Stoneman allowed six hits and three runs in 7.1 innings. Kelley walked four and struck out five. Before the game, the Expos reactivated Adolpho Phillips and deactivated Jim Fairey; Fairey is eligible to return Aug. 14.

Seattle 6, California 4: The Pilots scored five runs in the first and held on in a chaotic ninth to move into first place. The Pilots used five walks, an error, two steals, a wild pitch and a pair of singles to plate five runs off Tom Murphy in the opening frame; only two of the runs were earned. Mike Marshall threw eight shutout innings but was pulled after allowing two hits, a walk and a run to open the ninth. John O'Donoughue walked three men himself and surrendered a double before finally getting the final out on a deep fly by Jim Fregosi.

Player of the Day: Dick Kelley, San Diego

Monday, June 5, 2017

Games of Sunday, Aug. 3

Kansas City       56     44      .560     ---
Chicago             55     44      .556      0.5
Seattle               56     45       .554     0.5
California          50     54       .481      8
Montreal           49     53       .480      8
Philadelphia      47     55       .461    10
Cleveland          46     55      .455     10.5
San Diego         45     54       .455    10.5


Monday's games
Kansas City (Nelson) at Cleveland (Tiant)
Montreal (Stoneman) at San Diego (Kelley)
California (Murphy) at Seattle (Marshall)

Cleveland 6, Kansas City 3:  The Indians peppered Bill Butler for eight hits and six runs in six innings, with Ken Suarez and Russ Snyder each driving in a pair of runs. Stan Williams allowed three runs in 6-plus innings for the win while striking out six, and Horacio Pina threw a perfect ninth for the save. The Royals have now lost five straight.

Chicago 2, Philadelphia 0: Joel Horlen spun a seven-hit shutout, striking out 11 with one walk. Jerry Johnson allowed six hits in seven innings for the loss. Larry Hisle fanned four times for the Phillies, and Rick Joseph three times.

Montreal 2, San Diego 1: Gary Waselewski allowed just two hits, while Bob Bailey doubled, singled and walked in four trips to the plate and scored both Expos runs. The sole Padres run was unearned as Waslewski faced just four men over the minimum. He walked three and struck out four. John Podres (six innings, seven hits, two runs) took the loss.

California 5, Seattle 1: Sandy Alomar had two hits, two runs, two RBIs and two steals and Jay Johnstone went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs for the Angels. Jim McGlothlin allowed one run on six hits in eight innings for the win.

Player of the Day: Joel Horlen, Chicago


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Games of Saturday, Aug. 2

Kansas City       56     43      .566     ---
Seattle               56     44       .560     0.5
Chicago             54     44      .551      1.5
California          49     54       .476      9
Montreal           48     53       .475      9
Philadelphia      47     54       .465    10
San Diego         45     53       .459    10.5
Cleveland          46     55      .455     11.5


Sunday's games
Philadelphia (Johnson) at Chicago (Horlen)
Kansas City (Butler) at Cleveland (Williams)
Montreal (Waslewski) at San Diego (Podres)
California (McGlothlin) at Seattle (Segui)

Cleveland 3, Philadelphia 2 (10 innings): Bill Wilson's wild pitch with one out in the 10th plated Vern Fuller with the winning run. Phillies starter Lowell Palmer allowed two runs in the first inning but just one more hit in the rest of his eight innings. He retired the last 17 men he faced. Mike Paul kept the Phillies scoreless through seven innings before Johnny Callison's triple keyed a two-run rally that tied the game. Larry Burchart went two innings for the win.

Chicago 9, Kansas City 8: The White Sox swept the three-game series with the front-running Royals, and had to come back from a 7-1 deficit to do so. Luis Aparicio capped a two-run bottom of the ninth with a base hit to win it. Gary Peters allowed five runs in the first inning to the Royals and left after that frame, and Sammy Ellis allowed three runs in five innings, but Dan Osinski and Gary Bell combined for three scoreless frames while the Sox put together four two-run innings. Jim Rooker went 5.1 for the Royals, allowing six earned runs (and one unearned) on six hits and six walks. Moe Drabowsky took the loss; Bell got the win. Rooker and Bob Oliver homered for Kansas City. The Royals' Buck Martinez was injured (10 days) and will be replaced on the roster by Jim Campanis; Martinez is eligible to return Aug. 12.  The White Sox demoted Ellis and activated Don Secrist; Ellis is eligible to return Aug. 12.

California 9, San Diego 6: A four-run top of the ninth lifted the Angels to the win. Jim Fregosi singled home a pair of runs and Rick Reichardt homered in the decisive frame, with Gary Ross aborbing the damage. Reichardt went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. The Padres got two-run homers from Al Ferrara and Roberto Pena. Eddie Fisher, who allowed two runs in one inning, vultured the win, and Ken Tatum got the save.

Seattle 5, Montreal 3: Gene Brabender took a shutout into the eighth inning and Don Mincher hit a three-run homer for the Pilots. Brabender went 7.1 innings, allowing one run on four hits and four walks with four strikeouts. Mark Wegener allowed all five runs in six innings for the Expos. Ron Fairly homered for Montreal.

Player of the Day: Luis Aparicio, Chicago.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Games of Friday, Aug. 1

Kansas City       56     42      .571     ---
Seattle               55     44       .556     1.5
Chicago             53     44      .546      2.5
Montreal           48     52       .480      9
California          48     54       .470    10
Philadelphia      47     53       .470    10
San Diego         45     52       .464    10.5
Cleveland          45     55      .450     12


Saturday's games
Philadelphia (Palmer) at Cleveland (Paul)
Kansas City (Rooker) at Chicago (Peters)
Montreal (Wegener) at Seattle (Brabender)
California (May) at San Diego (Niekro)

Cleveland 5, Philadelphia 0: Sam McDowell threw a three-hitter and struck out nine Phillies. He did walk four and commit a pair of errors himself, but still got the shutout. Jose Cardenal tripled and doubled twice; he scored two runs and drove in one. Tony Horton was injured (two days) and will remain on the roster.

Chicago 6, Kansas City 3: Carlos May hit a grand slam off Dick Drago in the fifth inning and Jack Hamilton threw three scoreless innings in relief of Tommy John as the White Sox tightened the race. The Royals held a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth, but the Sox strung together three singles and a walk before May's two-out blast. John was the winner, Drago the loser, and Wilbur Wood got the save.

Seattle 14, Montreal 4: The Pilots scored nine runs in the third inning on seven hits, one walk and a pair of error by Expos shortstop Bobby Wine. Mike Hegan doubled home a pair of runs and Tommy Harper capped the inning with a bases-loaded triple. Garry Roggenburk allowed four runs in five innings, including back-to-back homers from Rusty Staub and Bob Bailey, but got the win, Mrty Pattin threw four shutout innings for the save. Jerry Robertson took the loss. John Kennedy homered for Seattle in the seventh. After the game, the Pilots deactivated Roggenburk and reactived Dick Simpson. Roggenburk is eligible to return Aug 11.

San Diego 3, California 1: Nate Colbert and Ollie Brown hit RBI doubles and four Padre relievers combined for 3.2 innings of three hit relief. The Angels were 0-8 with runners in scoring position agains starter and winner Clay Kirby, who allowed four hits and four walks in 5.1 innings.

Player of the Day: Carlos May, Chicago

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Games of Thursday, July 31

Kansas City       56     41      .577     ---
Seattle               54     44       .551     2.5
Chicago             52     44      .542      3.5
Montreal           48     51       .484      9.5
California          48     53       .475   10
Philadelphia      47     52       .475   10
San Diego         44     52       .458   11.5
Cleveland          44     55      .444    13


Friday's games
Philadelphia (Wise) at Cleveland (McDowell)
Kansas City (Drago) at Chicago (John)
Montreal (Robertson) at Seattle (Roggenburk)
California (Messersmith) at San Diego (Kirby)

Philadelphia 5, Cleveland 3: The Phillies got back-to-back homers from Rick Joseph and Don Money in the fourth inning, and Turk Farrell entered to get three outs with the tying run on third base in the seventh. Woodie Fryman went six-plus innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, for the win, and Bill Wilson threw a hitless ninth for the save. Luis Tiant took the loss. Jose Cardenal homered to lead off the game for Cleveland.

Philadelphia 15, Cleveland 4: The Phillies racked up 23 hits, including three homers, three doubles and a triple, to secure the sweep. Dick Allen hit two homers and a triple for four runs scored and four RBIs. Mike Ryan also homered; he scored twice and drove in three. Tony Taylor and Larry Hisle each went 4-for-6.

San Diego 11, California 6: The Padres pummelled three Angels pitchers for 16 hits, and every San Diego starter either scored or drove in at least one run. Al Santorini went 8.2 innings, allowing just two earned runs on 10 hits. Larry Stahl homered for the Padres, and Ollie Brown and Nate Colbert each scored three times.

California 9, San Diego 5: The Angels salvaged a split of the doubleheader, taking advantage of a series of misplays by Padres centerfielder Cito Gaston, who played two fly balls into doubles and committed a two-base error. Offically three California runs were unearned, but shoddy defense by the Padres resulted in at least three more tallies. Jay Johnstone scored three times for the Angels. For the Padres, Al Ferrera hit a pair of homers and drove in four runs. Tom Murphy sent 8.1 innings, allowing five runs, four earned, for the win. Tommy Sisk was the loser.

Chicago 8, Kansas City 5: Bobby Knoop's three-run homer in the fourth put the White Sox ahead for good, and teammate Carlos May both scored and drove in two runs. Bill Wynne went seven innings for the win; he allowed two earned runs on eight hits, three walks and two strikeouts. Wally Bunker took the loss.

Seattle 7, Montreal 1: Tommy Harper hit a grand slam off Bill Stoneman in the fourth inning, and Steve Barber held the Expos to six hits and one run in six innings. Don Mincher also homered for the Pilots.

Player of the Day: Dick Allen, Philadelphia


Monday, May 15, 2017

Games of Wednesday, July 30

Kansas City       56     40      .583     ---
Seattle               53     44       .546     3.5
Chicago             51     44      .536      4.5
Montreal           47     51       .480   10
California          47     52       .475   10.5
Philadelphia      45     52       .464   11.5
San Diego         43     51       .457   12
Cleveland          44     53      .454    12.5


Thursday's games
Philadelphia (Fryman and Jackson) at Cleveland (Tiant and Ellsworth)
California (Murphy and Kealey) at San Diego (Santorini and Sisk)
Kansas City (Bunker) at Chicago (Wynne)
Montreal (Stoneman) at Seattle (Barber)

Cleveland 8, Philadelphia 7: Russ Synder's two-out single brought home Ken Suarez with the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth. John Boozer, who pitched the final 2.2 innings for the Phillies and gave up two runs, took the loss; Larry Burchart, who allowed two runs in two innings, was credited with the win. Larry Hisle scored three times for the Phillies; Frank Baker had a pinch-hit homer for the Indians. Cleveland's Tony Horton was called out in the sixth inning for leaving third base early on an apparent sacrifice fly.

San Diego 5, Kansas City 1: Nate Colbert homered in the sixth to break a scoreless tie and singled home another run in the Podres' four-run seventh. Dick Kelley allowed one run on eight hits in seven innings for the win. Colbert was 3-for-4 with a double. Ollie Brown also had a pair of RBIs for the Padres.

Montreal 5, Seattle 1: Steve Renko threw a five-hit complete game for Montreal. The Expos hit three homers off loser Bob Meyer, solo shots by Don Bosch and Bob Bailey and a two-run homer by Ron Fairly. Steve Whitaker homered for Seattle's run. After the game, the Pilots demoted Meyer and activated Garry Roggenburk.

Player of the Day: Nate Colbert, San Diego

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Games of Tuesday, July 29

Kansas City       56     39      .589     ---
Seattle               53     43       .552     3.5
Chicago             51     44      .536      5
California          47     52       .475   11
Montreal           46     51       .474   11
Philadelphia      45     51       .469   11.5
San Diego         42     51       .451   13
Cleveland          43     53      .447    13.5


Wednesday's games
Philadelphia (Champion) at Cleveland (Hargan)
Montreal (Renko) at Seattle (Meyer)
Kansas City (Nelson) at San Diego (Kelley)

Cleveland 7, Montreal 3: Max Alvis bopped a pair of RBI doubles and played a sparkling game afield, and Jose Cardenal stole three bases as the Tribe pulled away from the Expos. Cleveland peppered three Montreal pitchers for 13 hits and three walks. Stan Williams (6.1 innings, six hits, three runs) was the winner, Howie Reed the loser. Rusty Staub was injured; he is eligible to play Aug. 1 and  will remain on the roster.

Chicago 2, California 1: Joel Horlen went the distance, allowing five hits, and set up the winning run with a bunt single. Loser Jim McGlothlin allowed 12 hits in seven innings but struck out nine, Tommy McCraw had three singles in four at-bats for the White Sox.

Kansas City 10, San Diego 1: Bill Butler fired a six-hitter and carried a shutout into the eighth inning. The Royals collected 13 hits and benefited from three Padres errors. Joe Niekro allowed two earned runs and four in all in six innings for the loss. Pat Kelly, Bob Oliver and Ed Kirkpatrick each scored twice; Oliver and Joe Foy each had a pair of RBIs. Jerry Adair was injured and must sit the next two days.

Seattle 2, Philadelphia 2: The Pilots got four innings of one-hit, shutout relief from Jim Bouton and Diego Segui to overtake the Phillies. Ron Stone scored both of Philadelphia runs on outs after reaching third on hit-and-run singles by Cookie Rojas. Segui gets the win, Turk Farrell the loss.

Player of the Day: Max Alvis, Cleveland



Monday, May 8, 2017

Games of Monday, July 28

Kansas City       55     39      .585     ---
Seattle               52     43       .547     3.5
Chicago             50     44      .532      5
California          47     51       .480   10
Montreal           46     50       .479   10
Philadelphia      45     50       .473   10.5
San Diego         42     50       .457   12
Cleveland          42     53      .442    13.5


Tuesday's games
Montreal (Reed) at Cleveland (Williams)
California (McGlothlin) at Chicago (Horlen)
Philadelphia (Johnson) at Seattle (Gelnar)
Kansas City (Butler) at San Diego (Niekro)

Chicago 5, California 4 (11 innings): Bill Melton's two-out homer in the bottom of the 11th won it for the White Sox. Chicago tied it in the eighth without a hit on a pair of errors and a sac fly. Jim Fregosi and Sandy Alomar each went 4-for-5 for California. Alomar scored a pair of runs and Fregosi drove in three, but each also had one of the crucial errors in the eight. Jerry Nyman got the win, Bob Priddy the loss.

Chicago 4, California 2: Paul Edmondson allowed three hits in eight-plus innings, retiring 13 straight at one point and carrying a shutout into the ninth. His teammates scored three times in the first two innings off loser Rudy May, with Ron Hansen going 4-for-4. Wilbur Wood got three outs from two hitters for the save. After the game, the Whites reactivated Bobby Knoop and deactivated Paul Edmondson.

Montreal 3, Cleveland 2:  Mark Wegener allowed one (unearned) run in 6.1 innings to outduel Cleveland ace Sam McDowell. Gary Sutherland went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run scored and and RBI for the Expos. Roy Face allowed a solo homer to Ken Harrelson in the ninth but got the save.

Philadelphia 4, Seattle 3 (10 innings): Cookie Rojas' hit-and-run double scored Don Money from first base in the top of the 10 to give the Phillies the lead. Rojas also started a triple play, the first of the season for any team, in the seventh, snagging a line off the bat of Merritt Ranew and catching both Steve Whitaker and John Donaldson off base. Rick Wise allow six hits and three runs in nine innings for the win, and Bill Wilson worked the bottom of the 10th for the save. Diego Segui took the loss. After the game, the Pilots reactivated Bob Meyer and Mike Hegan and deactivated George Brunet and Merritt Ranew.

Player of the Day: Bill Melton, Chicago

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Games of Sunday, July 27

Kansas City       55     39      .585     ---
Seattle               52     42       .553     3
Chicago             48     44      .522      6
California          47     49       .490     9
Montreal           45     50       .474   10.5
Philadelphia      44     50       .468   11
San Diego         42     50       .457   12
Cleveland          42     52      .447    13


Monday's games
California (Wright and May) at Chicago (Peters and Edmondson), 2
Montreal (Wegener) at Cleveland (McDowell)
Philadelphia (Wise) at Seattle (Brunet)

Cleveland 7, Montreal 2: Luis Tiant threw a six-hit complete game and hit a three-run homer to lead the Tribe past the Expos. Ken Harrelson and Tony Horton hit back-to-back homers in the third off loser Bill Stoneman. The Expos have won just two of their past eight games.

Chicago 2, California 1: Luis Aparicio scored from first base on a double by Gail Hopkins in the eighth inning to break the tie. On similar attempt in the first inning, Aparicio was thrown out at the plate by Jay Johnstone. Tommy John allowed one run on five hits in eight innings for the win, and Wilbur Wood got the save. Eddie Fisher took the loss in relief of Andy Messersmith.

Kansas City 3, San Diego 1: Dick Drago and a pair of relievers held the Padres to five hits. Jackie Hernandez went 3-for-4 with a double and a run for the Royals. Nate Colbert doubled twice for San Diego and scored the Padres' sole run.

Seattle 9, Philadelphia 5: Wayne Comer homered and scored three times as the Pilots got to Grant Jackson for five runs in five innings. Jackson walked five and allowed seven hits, including two homers (the other to John Kennedy, who went 4-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs). Marty Pattin allowed three runs in six innings for the win.

Player of the Day: Luis Tiant, Cleveland

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Games of Saturday, July 26

Kansas City       54     39      .581     ---
Seattle               51     42       .548     3
Chicago             47     44      .516      6
California          47     48       .495     8
Montreal           45     49       .479     9.5
Philadelphia      44     49       .478   10
San Diego         42     49       .462   11
Cleveland          41     52      .441    13


Sunday's games
Montreal (Stoneman) at Cleveland (Tiant)
California (Messersmith) at Chicago (John)
Kansas City (Drago) at San Diego (Kirby)
Philadelphia (Jackson) at Seattle (Pattin)

Cleveland 3, Montreal 2: Dick Ellsworth held the Expos to six hits and two runs over 7.2 innings, and Lou Klimchock and Ken Suarez had three singles apiece for the Tribe. Ron Law got the final out of the eighth inning to strand three runners, and Stan Williams threw a perfect ninth for the save. Jerry Robertson (10 hits and three earned runs in seven innings) took the loss.

California 8, Chicago 4: The Angels scored early and late -- four runs in the first and three in the ninth -- and got 2.2 innings of clutch relief work from Hoyt Wilhelm in between. Jim Spencer hit a three-run homer in the first off loser Bill Wynne, and Rick Reichardt followed with a solo shot. Tom Murphy went 5.1 innings and left the bases loaded for Wilhelm in the sixth, but he escaped with a 5-4 lead and then got double plays in the seventh and eighth innings. Spencer and Reichardt each had RBIs in the ninth as the Angels widened the gap again.

San Diego 6, Kansas City 3: Van Kelly homered, drove in three runs and scored twice as the Padres beat the first-place Royals. Ivan Murrell doubled and tripled for San Diego, scoring two runs and driving in one. Winning pitcher Al Santorini homered off loser Wally Bunker. San Diego cycled through four relievers in the final two innings, with Frank Reberger getting the final out and the save. After the game Kansas City reactivated Ed Kirkpatrick and deactivated Scott Northey. Northey is eligible to return Aug 5.

Seattle 7, Philadelphia 6: Seattle first basemen and cleanup hitters Greg Goossen and Don Mincher combined for three doubles, one triple, three runs and four RBIs in the contest. Johnny Callison hit a pair of homers for the Phillies, including a two-run blow off Jim Bouton in the ninth that made the final score closer. Gene Brabender (5.2 innings, four hits, three runs) got the win, John O'Donoghue the save, Woodie Fryman (five innings, eight hits, four runs) the loss. After the game the Phillies reactivated Deron Johnson and demoted Rick Barry, who is eligible to return Aug.5.

Player of the Day: Hoyt Wilhelm, California

Monday, May 1, 2017

Games of Thursday, July 24

Kansas City       54     38      .587     ---
Seattle               50     42       .543     4
Chicago             47     43      .522      6
California          46     48       .489     9 
Montreal           45     48       .484      9.5
Philadelphia      44     48       .478   10
San Diego         41     49       .455   12
Cleveland          40     52      .435    14

Friday's games
None

Saturday's games
Montreal (Robertson) at Cleveland (Ellsworth)
California (Murphy) at Chicago (Wynne)
Kansas City (Bunker) at San Diego (Santorini)
Philadelphia (Fryman) at Seattle (Brabender)

San Diego 10, Philadelphia 1: Joe Niekro threw a five-hitter and Nate Colbert drove in four runs for the Padres. Colbert hit a three-run homer in the sixth, and Ed Spiezio a two-run homer in the fourth, both off lower Rick Wise. Cito Gaston (3-for-5) scored three runs. Niekro twice loaded the bases with no outs, but allowed just one run and faced no further threats from the Phillies.

Chicago 4, Montreal 2: Carlos May went 4-for-4 with a homer and three runs. Joel Horlen went seven innings for the win, never retiring the Expos in order but allowing just one unearned run on seven hits. John Bateman homered in the eighth off Sammy Ellis, and Wilbur Wood got the final five outs for the save.

Cleveland 6, Kansas City 0: Sam McDowell overpowered the Royals with a two-hitter. He walked one, struck out seven and at one point retired 17 straight hitters. Ellie Rodriguez had both singles for Kansas City. Lou Klimchcok had three doubles for Cleveland and drove in two runners. Duke Sims of Cleveland was injured (6 days); he will remain on the roster and is eligible to play again on July 31.

California 1, Seattle 0: Lou Johnson drew a base-loaded walk in the first inning to push the only run of the game home. Winner Jim McGlothlin allowed four singles and four walks in eight innings, and Ken Tatum threw a scoreless ninth for the save. Steve Barber allowed five hits in his eight-inning complete game loss.

Player of the Day: Sam McDowell, Cleveland

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Games of Wednesday, July 23

Kansas City       54     37      .593     ---
Seattle               50     41       .549     4
Chicago             46     43      .517      7
Montreal           45     46       .495      9
California          45     48       .484   10 
Philadelphia      44     47       .484   10
San Diego         40     49       .449   13
Cleveland          39     52      .429    15

Wednesday's games
Chicago (Horlen) at Montreal (Waslewski)
San Diego (Niekro) at Philadelphia (Wise)
Cleveland (McDowell) at Kansas City (Nelson)
Seattle (Barber) at California (McGlothlin)

Montreal 9, Chicago 8: Mack Jones hit a walk-off homer off Wilbur Wood to give the Expos a win in a game they lead most of the way. Montreal scored two unearned runs in the first inning on a Coco Laboy triple and batted around in the third against Gary Peters for four runs. Bob Bailey's two-run homer in the fourth made the score 8-1 for the Expos. But the White Sox erupted for five runs in the fifth, with back-to-back homers from Bill Melton and Gail Hopkins, and Melton hit another homer in the eighth to even the score at eight. Melton totaled five RBIs, while Montreal got three RBIs apiece from Laboy and Bailey. Gary Sutherland went 2-for-2 with three walks and three runs scored. Montreal's Adolpho Phillips was injured (3 days) and will be replaced on the roster by Don Bosch; Phillips is eligible to return Aug. 2.

Philadelphia 5, San Diego 2: Larry Hisle homered and tripled twice to back Grant Jackson's complete-game four-hitter. Hisle drove in two runs and scored a pair. John Briggs hit a two-run homer in the fourth to put the Phillies in the lead. Clay Kirby (six innings, four runs, five hits) took the loss.

Kansas City 5, Cleveland 4  (11 innings): Kansas City scored four unearned runs, including the game winner, on three Cleveland errors. The Royals got the winner when Jackie Hernandez singled, stole second, took third on a Ken Suarez error and scored on Ellie Rodriguez' single. Steve Jones got the win with one inning of scoreless relief; Ron Law took the loss, allowing the one unearned run in 3.1 innings. Jose Cardenal homered and doubled while going 3-for-6 with two runs scored for the Indians.

Seattle 5, California 3: Diego Segui allowed two hits and two earned runs in eight innings, while Wayne Comer and John Kennedy each hit two-run homers in the sixth inning for Seattle. Jim Spencer hit a three-run homer for the Angels in the first, but after that Segui allowed only a single to Jim Fregosi in the third and a walk to Aureilo Rodriguez in the eighth. Bob Locker allowed a single in a scoreless ninth for the save.

Player of the Day: Larry Hisle, Philadelphia.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Games of Tuesday, July 22

Kansas City       53     37      .588     ---
Seattle               49     41       .544     4
Chicago             46     42      .523      6
California          45     47       .489     9 
Montreal           44     46       .489      9
Philadelphia      43     47       .478   10
San Diego         40     48       .455   12
Cleveland          39     51      .433    14

Wednesday's games
Chicago (Peters) at Montreal (Renko)
San Diego (Kirby) at Philadelphia (Jackson)
Cleveland (Hargan) at Kansas City (Butler)
Seattle (Segui) at California (May)

Chicago 7, Montreal 3: The White Sox batted around in the ninth inning for five runs to pull out the victory. Losing pitcher Dan McGinn faced five hitters in the inning and did not record an out. Montreal's Coco Laboy and John Bateman hit back-to-back homers off Tommy John  in the sixth to give the Expos a 3-2 lead, and Bill Stoneman and Claude Raymond combined to hand that lead off to McGinn. Dan Osinski (one hitless inning) got the win. Rusty Staub will miss the second game of the doubleheader and the Wednesday game as well.

Chicago 9, Montreal 8: Another five-run ninth for the Pale Hose, including a grand slam by Ken Berry to tie the game and a solo homer by Buddy Bradford following him, gave them the doubleheader sweep. Roy Face took the loss; Jerry Nyman got the win despite allowing three runs in two innings, and Wilbur Wood pitched a scoreless ninth for the save. Gary Sutherland homered and doubled for the Expos and drove in three runs. Coco Laboy also homered for Montreal.

San Diego 13, Philadelphia 3: Nate Colbert homered in the first and second innings and drove in six runs for the Padres. Chris Cannizzaro also hit a three-run homer for the victors. Johnny Podres allowed one run on two hits in seven innings; Tony Taylor homered and doubled off him. Podres walked three and fanned four. Mike Ryan homered for Philadelphia. Jerry Johnson took the loss.

Cleveland 3, Kansas City 1 (11 innings): Luis Tiant went all 11 innings for the Tribe, scattering seven hits and three walks while striking out three. Kansas City scored in the first inning on a leadoff triple by Pat Kelly and a two-out single by Lou Piniella, but Tiant kept them off the board the rest of the way. Cleveland score the tying run in the fifth on a passed ball, and musted only two hits but seven walks off Jim Rooker in seven-plus innings. Dave Wickersham escaped an inherited two-on, no-out jam in the eighth, and Tom Burgmeier threw two scoreless frames before yielding a pair in the top of the 11th on three walks and a Max Alvis double.

California 12, Seattle 11 (12 innings): The Angels hit six homers, the last a walk-off two-run shot by Bill Voss, to overpower the Pilots. Seattle hit three homers of their own. Eddie Fisher got the win despite allowing a homer to Steve Whitaker in his one inning of work. John O'Donoghue gave up the Voss homer for the loss. California's other homers came from Bubba Morton (first inning), Jim Spencer (third inning), Joe Azcue and Roger Repoz (sixth), and Rick Reichardt (seventh). Tommy Harper and Steve Hovley each homered for Seattle.

Player of the day: Nate Colbert, San Diego

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Games of Monday, July 21

Kansas City       53     36      .596     ---
Seattle               49     40       .551     4
Chicago             44     42      .512      7.5
Montreal           44     44       .500     8.5
California          44     47       .484   10
Philadelphia      43     46       .483   10
San Diego         39     48       .448   13
Cleveland          38     51      .427    15

Tuesday's games
Chicago (John and Bell) at Montreal (Stoneman and Wegener)
San Diego (Podres or Sisk) at Philadelphia (Johnson)
Cleveland (Tiant) at Kansas City (Rooker)
Seattle (Brunet) at California (Kealey)

Philadelphia 4, San Diego 1: Woodie Fryman allowed just one of the last 21 men he faced to reach base, and Larry Hisle and Mike Ryan homered for the Phillies. Fryman finished with a four-hitter; he walked two and struck out seven. Dick Kelley took the loss.

Montreal 9, Chicago 1: Howie Reed held the White Sox to four singles and a walk in seven scoreless innings, and the Expos got home runs from Mack Jones and Jim Fairey to rout Chicago. Jones walked twice, was hit by a pitch and scored three runs; Rusty Staub also walked twice and was plunked and scored twice. Paul Edmondson took the loss.

Kansas City 3, Cleveland 2: A scoreless duel turned sharply in the ninth inning, as the visiting Indians scored twice in the top of the ninth and the Royals responded with three in the bottom of the inning. Pat Kelly drove home the winner with a sac fly. Mike Paul was charged with all three runs for the loss. Dave Wickersham, who retired the only hitter he faced to end the top of the ninth, was the winner.

California 3, Seattle 0: Andy Messersmith allowed just one hit in six innings before leaving with a minor injury, and Pedro Borbon and Ken Tatum combined for three no-hit innings of relief. Messersmith walked five and struck out six. Gene Brabender went 7.2 innings for the loss, allowing a solo homer to Jim Fregosi. He gave up three runs on eight hits and eight walks.

Player of the Day: Woodie Fryman, Philadelphia

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Games of Sunday, July 20

Kansas City       52     36      .591     ---
Seattle               49     39       .557     3
Chicago             44     41      .517      6.5
Montreal           43     44       .494     8.5
California          43     47       .478   10
Philadelphia      42     46       .477   10
San Diego         39     47       .453   12
Cleveland          38     50      .432    14

Monday's games
Chicago (Edmondson) at Montreal (Reed)
San Diego (Kelley) at Philadelphia (Fryman)
Cleveland (Paul) at Kansas City (Drago)
Seattle (Brabender) at California (Messersmith)

San Diego 9, Montreal 2: The Expos bumbled their way through four errors and a strikeout-passed ball to help the Padres to a one-sided finale. Al Santorini didn't need all the assistance, as he allowed just four hits and one run in eight innings, striking out seven without a walk.

California 2, Cleveland 0: Tom Murphy threw a three-hit shutout and got solo homers from Tom Egan and Roger Repoz. Murphy faced three batters over the minimum. He walked two, struck out three and got a pair of double plays turned behind him. Stan Williams took the loss, allowing seven hits in eight innings without a walk. Jim Spencer (Angels) sits the second game of the doubleheader and the Monday game with an injury; he will remain on the roster.

Cleveland 4, California 2: Tony Horton drove in two runs and Sam McDowell fanned seven in eight innings as the Tribe salvaged a split of the doubleheader. Cleveland hit three doubles in a three-run third, which ended when Jay Johnstone gunned down Ken Suarez at the plate. McDowell yielded nine hits and walked two, and Horacio Pina worked a perfect ninth for the save.

Player of the Day: Tom Murphy, California


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Games of Saturday, July 19

Kansas City       52     36      .591     ---
Seattle               49     39       .557     3
Chicago             44     41      .517      6.5
Montreal           43     43       .500     8
California          42     46       .477   10
Philadelphia      42     46       .477   10
San Diego         38     47       .447   12.5
Cleveland          37     49      .430    14

Sunday's games
San Diego (Santorini) at Montreal (Robertson)
Cleveland (McDowell and Williams) at California (Murphy and Wright), 2

Philadelphia 3, Chicago 1: Johnny Callison hit a pair of solo homers and Rick Wise took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Wise allowed one run on five hits in 8.2 innings, with Turk Farrell entering to get the final out. Don Money of the Phillies was injured (seven games); he will remain on the active roster as there is no eligible player to replace him.

Chicago 8, Philadelphia 2: Pete Ward broke a scoreless tie in the sixth with a two-run triple, after which three Phillies hurlers failed to contain the White Sox. Buddy Bradford drove in three runs, two on a ninth-inning homer. Joel Horlen went 7.1 innings for the win; Jack Hamilton inherited three runners in the eighth and stranded them all, finishing the game for the save. Lowell Palmer took the loss. 

San Diego 2, Montreal 1: The Padres stuck out 14 times, but they managed to turn four hits into two runs -- and hold the Expos to one run on seven hits. Joe Niekro went 7.1 innings for the win, and Gary Ross retired all five men he faced for the save. The Expos left men in scoring position in the, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings, including the bases loaded with no outs in the fifth. Gary Waslewski allowed both San Diego runs in five innings; Howie Reed, Larry Jaster and Don Shaw combined for four perfect innings of relief.

Kansas City 4, Seattle 3: Pinch-hitter Joe Keough drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth off reliever Marty Pattin to  bring home the winner. This followed a top of the ninth in which the Pilots evened the score but failed to fully capitalize on a bases-loaded, no-out situation. Moe Drabowski got the win for the Royals and Pattin took the loss.For the Pilots, Mike Hegan (seven days) and Steve Hovley (one day) were injured. Hovley will remain on the active roster, but Hegan will be replaced by Ron Clark. Hegan is eligible to return for games of July 30.

Kansas City 2, Seattle 1: Bob Oliver's two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth gave the first-place Royals a second walk-off win on the day. Until that homer, Kansas City hadn't gotten a runner past second base against John Gelnar. The only run Seattle got off Wally Bunker was unearned. Tom Burgmeier got the win with one inning of relief.

Cleveland 3, California 0: Dick Ellsworth threw a 10-hit shutout, getting three double plays. Larry Brown homered for the Tribe, and Ken Harrelson went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Both teams made roster moves before the game; Cleveland reactivated Russ Snyder and deactivated Chuck Hinton, while the Angels reactivated Bubba Morton and deactivated Vern Geishert. Hinton and Geishert are eligible to return July 29. Harrelson was injured (two days) and will remain on the active roster.

Player of the Day: Bob Oliver, Kansas City

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Games of Friday, July 18

Kansas City       50     36      .581     ---
Seattle               49     37       .570     1
Chicago             43     40      .518      5.5
Montreal           43     42       .506     6.5
California          42     45       .483     8.5
Philadelphia      41     45       .477     9
San Diego         37     47       .440   12
Cleveland          36     49      .424    13.5

Saturday's games
San Diego (Niekro) at Montreal (Waslewski)
Chicago (Horlen and Wynne) at Philadelphia (Wise and Palmer), 2
Seattle (Barber and Gelnar) at Kansas City (Nelson and Bunker), 2
Cleveland (Ellsworth) at California (McGlothlin)

California 8, Cleveland 4: The Angels put together a five-run second inning off Luis Tiant with four singles, a double and a pair of walks, and Vern Geishert allowed just one run on seven hits in seven innings. The Indians totaled four solo homers for the game, two by Ken Harrelson and one each for Vern Fuller and Eddie Leon. Harrelson also doubled.

California 8, Cleveland 2: Bill Voss and Rick Reichardt each hit two-run homers off Steve Hargan, and Rudy May allowed six hits in eight innings as the Angels swept the doubleheader. May walked three and struck out seven; one of the runs he allowed was unearned.

Montreal 6, San Diego 3: Ty Cline and Ron Fairly each scored three times as Montreal beat the Padres. Fairly went 3-for-3, all singles, with a walk; Cline was 2-for-3 with a walk and a triple. Rusty Staub, Mack Jones and Coco Laboy each had sac flies. Bill Stoneman pitched into the eighth for the win, and Claude Raymond got six outs from five hitters to earn the save.

Philadelphia 5, Chicago 3: Mike Ryan and Larry Hisle homered for the Phillies, and reliever Bill Wilson muted a bases-loaded, no-out jam created by starter and winner Grant Jackson in the eighth by getting Walt Williams to ground into a double play and retiring Bill Melton. Ryan went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Ken Berry (one day) and Bobby Knoop (seven days) were injured for the White Sox; Berry remains on the active roster,but Knoop is deactivated and replaced by Billy Wynne. Knoop is eligible to return for games of July 29.

Kansas City 2, Seattle 1: The Royals moved back ahead of the Pilots on a strong outing by Bill Butler (eight innings, one run, five hits, one walk, five strikeouts). Ellie Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with an RBI for Kansas City. Jim Pagliaroni homered in the eighth for the Pilots. Bob Meyer allowed two runs in four innings for the loss. Moe Drabowski pitched around a two-out double and walk in the ninth for the save. Jerry McNertney was injured (four days) for the Pilots; he will remain on the roster, but Meyer is demoted and Merritt Ranew activated. Meyer is eligible to return for games of July 29.

Player of the Day: Ron Fairly, Montreal

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Games of Thursday, July 17

Kansas City       49     36      .577     ---
Seattle               49     36       .577     ---
Chicago             43     39      .525      4.5
Montreal           42     42       .500     6.5
Philadelphia      40     45       .471     9
California          40     45       .471     9
San Diego         37     46       .445   11
Cleveland          36     47      .434    12

Friday's games
Cleveland (Tiant and Hargan) at California (Geishert and May), 2
San Diego (Kirby) at Montreal (Stoneman)
Chicago (Peters) at Philadelphia (Jackson)
Seattle (Meyer) at Kansas City (Butler)

Montreal 4, San Diego 3: Adolpho Phillips hit a three-run homer in the third inning, and Mark Wegener allowed two earned runs in 8.2 innings. Wegener scattered seven hits and induced five double plays. Dan McGinn entered with the tying run on third to get the final out and the save. Ollie Brown homered for San Diego, and Johnny Podres took the loss. Before the game, the Padres reactivated Van Kelly and deactivated Jerry Morales; Morales is eligible to return for games of July 27.

Montreal 5, San Diego 0: Steve Renko fired a one-hitter and struck out seven for the Expos, who got home runs from Ron Fairly and Rusty Staub and swept the doubleheader. Fairly went 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Ty Cline scored twice for the Expos. Larry Stahl had the only safety for the Padres, a single leading off the fourth inning. Renko walked two and hit one. Tommy Sisk allowd four runs in five innings for the loss.

Chicago 5, Philadelphia 2: The White Sox stung Bill Champion for five runs and 11 hits in five innings, while Tommy John scattered five hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts. Bill Melton went 4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Walt Williams led of the game with a home run. Jerry Nyman and Wilbur Wood each threw a hitless inning of relief, with Wood getting the save.

Player of the Day: Bill Melton, Chicago