Kansas City 56 42 .571 ---
Seattle 55 44 .556 1.5
Chicago 53 44 .546 2.5
Montreal 48 52 .480 9
California 48 54 .470 10
Philadelphia 47 53 .470 10
San Diego 45 52 .464 10.5
Cleveland 45 55 .450 12
Philadelphia (Palmer) at Cleveland (Paul)
Kansas City (Rooker) at Chicago (Peters)
Montreal (Wegener) at Seattle (Brabender)
California (May) at San Diego (Niekro)
Cleveland 5, Philadelphia 0: Sam McDowell threw a three-hitter and struck out nine Phillies. He did walk four and commit a pair of errors himself, but still got the shutout. Jose Cardenal tripled and doubled twice; he scored two runs and drove in one. Tony Horton was injured (two days) and will remain on the roster.
Chicago 6, Kansas City 3: Carlos May hit a grand slam off Dick Drago in the fifth inning and Jack Hamilton threw three scoreless innings in relief of Tommy John as the White Sox tightened the race. The Royals held a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth, but the Sox strung together three singles and a walk before May's two-out blast. John was the winner, Drago the loser, and Wilbur Wood got the save.
Seattle 14, Montreal 4: The Pilots scored nine runs in the third inning on seven hits, one walk and a pair of error by Expos shortstop Bobby Wine. Mike Hegan doubled home a pair of runs and Tommy Harper capped the inning with a bases-loaded triple. Garry Roggenburk allowed four runs in five innings, including back-to-back homers from Rusty Staub and Bob Bailey, but got the win, Mrty Pattin threw four shutout innings for the save. Jerry Robertson took the loss. John Kennedy homered for Seattle in the seventh. After the game, the Pilots deactivated Roggenburk and reactived Dick Simpson. Roggenburk is eligible to return Aug 11.
San Diego 3, California 1: Nate Colbert and Ollie Brown hit RBI doubles and four Padre relievers combined for 3.2 innings of three hit relief. The Angels were 0-8 with runners in scoring position agains starter and winner Clay Kirby, who allowed four hits and four walks in 5.1 innings.
Player of the Day: Carlos May, Chicago