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
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