Kansas City 56 43 .566 ---
Seattle 56 44 .560 0.5
Chicago 54 44 .551 1.5
California 49 54 .476 9
Montreal 48 53 .475 9
Philadelphia 47 54 .465 10
San Diego 45 53 .459 10.5
Cleveland 46 55 .455 11.5
Philadelphia (Johnson) at Chicago (Horlen)
Kansas City (Butler) at Cleveland (Williams)
Montreal (Waslewski) at San Diego (Podres)
California (McGlothlin) at Seattle (Segui)
Cleveland 3, Philadelphia 2 (10 innings): Bill Wilson's wild pitch with one out in the 10th plated Vern Fuller with the winning run. Phillies starter Lowell Palmer allowed two runs in the first inning but just one more hit in the rest of his eight innings. He retired the last 17 men he faced. Mike Paul kept the Phillies scoreless through seven innings before Johnny Callison's triple keyed a two-run rally that tied the game. Larry Burchart went two innings for the win.
Chicago 9, Kansas City 8: The White Sox swept the three-game series with the front-running Royals, and had to come back from a 7-1 deficit to do so. Luis Aparicio capped a two-run bottom of the ninth with a base hit to win it. Gary Peters allowed five runs in the first inning to the Royals and left after that frame, and Sammy Ellis allowed three runs in five innings, but Dan Osinski and Gary Bell combined for three scoreless frames while the Sox put together four two-run innings. Jim Rooker went 5.1 for the Royals, allowing six earned runs (and one unearned) on six hits and six walks. Moe Drabowsky took the loss; Bell got the win. Rooker and Bob Oliver homered for Kansas City. The Royals' Buck Martinez was injured (10 days) and will be replaced on the roster by Jim Campanis; Martinez is eligible to return Aug. 12. The White Sox demoted Ellis and activated Don Secrist; Ellis is eligible to return Aug. 12.
California 9, San Diego 6: A four-run top of the ninth lifted the Angels to the win. Jim Fregosi singled home a pair of runs and Rick Reichardt homered in the decisive frame, with Gary Ross aborbing the damage. Reichardt went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. The Padres got two-run homers from Al Ferrara and Roberto Pena. Eddie Fisher, who allowed two runs in one inning, vultured the win, and Ken Tatum got the save.
Seattle 5, Montreal 3: Gene Brabender took a shutout into the eighth inning and Don Mincher hit a three-run homer for the Pilots. Brabender went 7.1 innings, allowing one run on four hits and four walks with four strikeouts. Mark Wegener allowed all five runs in six innings for the Expos. Ron Fairly homered for Montreal.
Player of the Day: Luis Aparicio, Chicago.