Kansas City 40 28 .588 ---
Seattle 41 30 .577 0.5
Chicago 35 30 .538 3.5
California 34 33 .508 5.5
Montreal 34 34 .500 6
Philadelphia 32 35 .477 7.5
San Diego 29 36 .446 9.5
Cleveland 24 43 .358 15.5
San Diego (Kelley) at Cleveland (McDowell)
California (Wright) at Philadelphia (Johnson)
Chicago (Peters) at Seattle (Barber)
California 7, Philadelphia 4: A pair of ill-timed Philly errors -- the first by Dick Allen, the second by Larry Hisle -- resulted in five unearned runs for the Angels. Sandy Alomar and Jay Johnstone each scored twice for the Angels. Winning pitcher Rudy May allowed a pair of homers, to Hisle and Cookie Rojas, in the first two innings but went 7.1 innings, allowing six hits. Hoyt Wilhelm got the final five outs for the save. Lowell Palmer -- six innings, seven hits, two earned runs -- took the loss. Dave Watkins was injured and will sit out the second game of the doubleheader and the game of July 3.
California 3, Philadelphia 2: Aurelio Rodriguez doubled home two runs in the eighth inning after a Terry Harmon error gave him the at-bat. and Ken Tatum entered in the bottom of the frame to strike out Dick Allen with the tying run on third. Andy Messersmith allowed two runs in 7.2 innings for the win; he allowed seven hits and struck out four. Loser Woodie Fryman allowed one earned run in eight innings. He allowed seven hits. California has won seven of its last eight games.
Cleveland 7, San Diego 4: Jose Cardenal led off the game with a home run and was one of three Indians to score a pair of runs. The others were Lou Klimchock and Ken Harrelson. Dick Ellsworth allowed four runs on nine hits in eight innings for the win, and Ron Law worked a scoreless ninth for the save. Ed Spiezo homered, doubled and scored twice for the Padres. Russ Snyder was injured (four games); he will be replaced on the roster by Cap Peterson and is eligible to return July 13.
Kansas City 2, Montreal 1: Mike Hedlund struck out 10 in his complete-game five-hitter, and Bob Oliver and Buck Martinez hit solo homers off hard-luck loser Bill Stoneman. Hedlund walked four, three of them in the third inning, when the Expos scored their only run. Ron Brand (Montreal) was injured for 8 days; he will be replaced on the roster by John Boccabella and is eligible to return July 13.
Seattle 2, Chicago 1: Don Mincher's pinch hit homer with two out in the bottom of the ninth gave the Pilots the win. Tommy John and George Brunet dueled into the eighth, but neither got the decision; John allowed four hits and one unearned run in 7.1 innings, and Brunet three hits, including a homer by Bill Melton, in the same number of outs. Jim Bouton got the win, Danny Murphy the loss.
Player of the Day; Don Mincher, Seattle