Kansas City 42 30 .583 ---
Seattle 43 32 .573 0.5
Chicago 37 32 .536 3.5
California 36 36 .500 6
Montreal 36 36 .500 6
Philadelphia 35 37 .486 7
San Diego 30 39 .435 10.5
Cleveland 27 44 .380 14.5
California (Messersmith) at Montreal (Stoneman)
Cleveland (Hargan) at Chicago (Horlen)
San Diego (Niekro) at Seattle (Gelnar)
Philadelphia 12, Kansas City 11: Deron Johnson's three-run homer with two out capped a stunning five-run ninth-inning rally as the Phillies overtook the Royals. All five of the Phillies' final inning tallies came with two outs. Johnson also singled twice and walked; he scored twice and drove in four. Mike Fiore and Bob Oliver each had two-run homers for the Royals. Turk Farrell got the win in relief; Dave Wickersham was the loser.
Philadelphia 4, Kansas City 2: Rick Wise threw a five-hitter as the Phillies swept the doubleheader. One of the two Royals runs was unearned. The Phillies had three sac flies for the game off Wally Bunker, who worked all eight innings for Kansas City, allowing eight hits and four earned runs.
California 7, Montreal 6 (11 innings): The Angels survived a five-run ninth inning from the Expos. Jay Johnstone, whose error in center started the ninth inning meltdown, drove home the game winner with a base hit off Dan McGinn. Ken Tatum vultured the win, with Hoyt Wilhelm striking out two in the bottom of the 11th for the save. Rick Reichardt hit a two-run homer in the sixth for the Angels, while Rusty Staub went 3-for-4 with two walks, a run and an RBI for Montreal.
California 5, Montreal 3: Vern Geishert allowed four hits in seven innings and the Angels stole three bases off the Howie Reed-John Boccabella battery to complete the doubleheader sweep. Two of the Angels' runs were unearned as the Expos were charged with three errors. Dick Radatz took the loss. Mack Jones hit a three-run homer off Geishert in the seventh.
Chicago 6, Cleveland 3: Bobby Knoop hit a three-run homer and Carlos May a solo shot in the White Sox' six-run seventh. The Indians helped fuel the fire with a pair of errors. Winner Paul Edmondson went seven innings, allowing three Cleveland runs on four hits, one a homer by Duke Sims. Luis Tiant had a two-hit shutout through six innings but didn't retire a man in the seventh. Dan Osinski retired all four men he faced for the save.
Seattle 9, San Diego 4: Wayne Comer hit a three-run homer and Don Mincher a two-run homer as the Pilots overpowered the Padres. Mincher also doubled and walked with three runs scored, and Steve Hovley had three hits and a pair of runs. Gene Brabender worked eight inning for the win, allowing two runs on five hits, four walks and 10 strikeouts.
Player of the Day: Deron Johnson, Philadelphia.