Kansas City 39 26 .600 ---
Seattle 40 29 .580 1
Chicago 34 29 .540 4
California 32 32 .500 6.5
Montreal 32 33 .492 7
Philadelphia 31 33 .484 7.5
San Diego 28 34 .451 9.5
Cleveland 22 42 .346 16.5
Kansas City (Butler and Nelson) at Montreal (Wegener and Robertson), 2
San Diego (Kirby and Sisk) at Cleveland (Tiant and Hargan), 2
California (Murphy) at Philadelphia (Wise)
Chicago (Wynn) at Seattle (Meyer)
Kansas City 4, Montreal 1: Mike Fiore's three-run homer in the eighth off Gary Waslewski propelled the Royals to the win. Wally Bunker allowed four hits in eight innings, but three of them came in the second and resulted in the one Montreal run. Moe Drabowsky worked a perfect ninth for the save. Four Royals were thrown out attempting to steal bases.
Montreal 9, Kansas City 4: Howie Reed threw a four-hitter and retired 14 straight hitters at one point as the Expos salvaged a split of the doubleheader. Rusty Staub hit a two-run homer, and Remy Hermoso and Gary Sutherland each scored twice for Montreal. Steve Jones was the loser. Kansas City got all four of its runs in the fourth, when Reed walked three batters and was victimized by an error.
California 8, Philadelphia 0: Only one Phillie reached second base as the Angels' Jim McGlothlin spun a four-hit shutout. Jim Spencer hit a pair of RBI doubles, singled and scored three runs. Both Jim Fregosi and Ruben Amaro were injured, and Billy Cowan played the final four innings at shortstop for Anaheim; he had no chances afield. Fregosi is eligible to play in the second game of the doubleheader, and Amaro is out until July 4.
California 10, Philadelphia 4: The Angels knocked Bill Champion out of the box in the third inning and never trailed in the doubleheader. Jim Spencer went 4-for-5 with two runs, a double and an RBI. Jay Johnstone homered and singled, scored twice and drove in a pair. The Angels totaled 13 hits and five walks off four Philadelphia hurlers. Dick Allen hit a two-run homer off winner Vern Geishert.
Seattle 8, Chicago 6: Steve Whitaker tied the game with a pinch hit homer and later singled home a run as the Pilots overtook the White Sox. Ron Hansen drove in three runs for Chicago with a pinch-hit double, and Carlos May had a two-run homer. The White Sox committed three errors, resulting in two unearned runs. John Gelnar got the win in relief with two scoreless innings, and Diego Segui got the save; Gary Bell took the loss, also in relief. Walt Williams (Chicago) was injured and must sit the next five days; he will be replaced on the roster by Sammy Ellis.
Player of the Day: Jim Spencer, California