Kansas City 37 24 .607 ---
Seattle 37 29 .561 2.5
Chicago 33 27 .550 3.5
Montreal 30 30 .500 6.5
Philadelphia 30 30 .500 6.5
California 29 32 .475 8
San Diego 27 33 .450 9.5
Cleveland 22 40 .355 15.5
Philadelphia (Johnson and Fryman) at Montreal (Robertson and Stoneman)
Seattle (Barber) at Cleveland (Williams)
San Diego (Kelley) at Chicago (Peters)
California (Wright) at Kansas City (Rooker)
California 8, Kansas City 3: The Royals' seven-game winning streak ended early in this one, as the Angels scored five runs in the first inning, taking advantage of the lack of range in the Kansas City outfield. California got six consecutive hits in the inning off Roger Nelson, who nevertheless managed to get through six innings. Bill Voss had a two-run double in the inning. Rudy May went seven innings, allowing three runs (all in the third) on five hits, for the win. Jim Spencer homered in the ninth off Dave Morehead.
California 2, Kansas City 0: Andy Messersmith threw a five-hitter and Jay Johnstone drove in Sandy Alomar twice as the Angels completed the doubleheader sweep of the first-place Royals. In the first inning, Alomar singled off Mike Hedlund and stole second ahead of Johnstone's triple; in the eighth, Alomar hit a two-out double and scored on Johnstone's single. Hedlund went the distance for Kansas City, allowing eight hits, for the loss. The Royals' Ed Kirkpatrick was injured (seven games) and will be replaced on the roster by Juan Rios. Kirkpatrick is eligible to return July 8.
Seattle 9, Cleveland 8 (10 innings): Steve Whitaker's homer in the top of the 10th put the Pilots back in front of a game they had led most of the way. Seattle scored six runs in the first two innings off Dick Ellsworth, who walked four and allowed four singles in the second, but Cleveland had a pair of three-run outbursts against George Brunet and scored solo runs in the seventh and ninth, both charged against Diego Segui, to force extras. Bob Locker was credited with the win, and John O'Donoghue got the save. Horacio Pina took the loss. Tony Horton had three RBIs for Cleveland.
Chicago 9, San Diego 6: The White Sox took advantage of four Padres errors to score four unearned runs. Luis Aparicio scored three times for Chicago and had an RBI; he went 3-for-5 with a triple and double. Bill Melton had three RBIs for the White Sox, including a two-run homer off loser Joe Niekro. Dan Osinski allowed one run in two innings of relief for the win, and Wilbur Wood threw a perfect ninth for the save. After the game, the White Sox demoted Angel Bravo and reinstated Don Pavelitch.
Player of the Day: Sandy Alomar, California