Kansas City 54 39 .581 ---
Seattle 51 42 .548 3
Chicago 47 44 .516 6
California 47 48 .495 8
Montreal 45 49 .479 9.5
Philadelphia 44 49 .478 10
San Diego 42 49 .462 11
Cleveland 41 52 .441 13
Montreal (Stoneman) at Cleveland (Tiant)
California (Messersmith) at Chicago (John)
Kansas City (Drago) at San Diego (Kirby)
Philadelphia (Jackson) at Seattle (Pattin)
Cleveland 3, Montreal 2: Dick Ellsworth held the Expos to six hits and two runs over 7.2 innings, and Lou Klimchock and Ken Suarez had three singles apiece for the Tribe. Ron Law got the final out of the eighth inning to strand three runners, and Stan Williams threw a perfect ninth for the save. Jerry Robertson (10 hits and three earned runs in seven innings) took the loss.
California 8, Chicago 4: The Angels scored early and late -- four runs in the first and three in the ninth -- and got 2.2 innings of clutch relief work from Hoyt Wilhelm in between. Jim Spencer hit a three-run homer in the first off loser Bill Wynne, and Rick Reichardt followed with a solo shot. Tom Murphy went 5.1 innings and left the bases loaded for Wilhelm in the sixth, but he escaped with a 5-4 lead and then got double plays in the seventh and eighth innings. Spencer and Reichardt each had RBIs in the ninth as the Angels widened the gap again.
San Diego 6, Kansas City 3: Van Kelly homered, drove in three runs and scored twice as the Padres beat the first-place Royals. Ivan Murrell doubled and tripled for San Diego, scoring two runs and driving in one. Winning pitcher Al Santorini homered off loser Wally Bunker. San Diego cycled through four relievers in the final two innings, with Frank Reberger getting the final out and the save. After the game Kansas City reactivated Ed Kirkpatrick and deactivated Scott Northey. Northey is eligible to return Aug 5.
Seattle 7, Philadelphia 6: Seattle first basemen and cleanup hitters Greg Goossen and Don Mincher combined for three doubles, one triple, three runs and four RBIs in the contest. Johnny Callison hit a pair of homers for the Phillies, including a two-run blow off Jim Bouton in the ninth that made the final score closer. Gene Brabender (5.2 innings, four hits, three runs) got the win, John O'Donoghue the save, Woodie Fryman (five innings, eight hits, four runs) the loss. After the game the Phillies reactivated Deron Johnson and demoted Rick Barry, who is eligible to return Aug.5.
Player of the Day: Hoyt Wilhelm, California