Chicago 56 45 .554 ---
Seattle 57 46 .553 ---
Kansas City 56 46 .549 0.5
California 51 54 .486 7
Montreal 51 54 .486 7
Cleveland 48 55 .466 9
Philadelphia 48 56 .462 9.5
San Diego 46 56 .451 11
Kansas City (Drago) at Cleveland (Hargan)
Montreal (Robertson) at San Diego (Niekro)
California (Messersmith) at Seattle (Meyer)
Cleveland 9, Kansas City 1: Sam McDowell allowed just four hits and Ken Harrelson doubled, tripled and homered for the Indians. The Hawk scored three runs and drove in three. The Royals have lost seven in a row. Max Alvis also homered for Cleveland.
Chicago 4, Philadelphia 3 (11 innings): Buddy Bradford singled home the game winner after Wilbur Wood worked around a leadoff triple in the previous half-inning. Don Pavleitch hit a two-run homer for the White Sox in the fourth. Bill Melton was injured and has to miss the second game of the doubleheader.
Philadelphia 6, Chicago 2: Grant Jackson allowed one run in eight innings while Tony Taylor and Johnny Callison each scored twice. Gary Peters struck out nine men in six innings for the Sox, but the two runs he allowed still made him the loser. The Phillies broke the game open in the top of the ninth, scoring three runs off Jerry Nyman. Carlos May was injured for the White Sox (eigth days); he will be replaced on the roster by Bob Christian and is eligible to return Aug 16.
Montreal 3, San Diego 1: Rusty Staub homered and doubled to power the Expos. Howie Reed went seven innings for the win, allowing one run on five hits, and Claude Raymond, Don Shaw and Roy Face combined to get the final six outs. Al Santorini took the loss.
Montreal 5, San Diego 4: Bob Bailey homered and Rusty Staub drove in a pair of runs as the Expos swept the Padres. Steve Renko went eight innings for the win; he allowed four runs on six hits. Roy Face got his second save of the day with a scoreless ninth. Cito Gaston tripled and doubled for San Diego, scoring two runs.
California 9, Seattle 6: The Angels cracked three homers off Steve Barber, highlighted by a three-run first inning shot by Rick Reichardt, and held on to the early lead. Aurelio Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a pair of runs scored. Jay Johnstone also homered for the Angels, as did Steve Whitaker for Seattle. For the Angels, Joe Azcue was injured and will miss the Wednesday game; Steve Kealey, who started and won this game, will be demoted and Tom Tischinski activated from the emergency squad. Kealey is eligible to return Aug. 16. For the Pilots, Don Mincher was injured (seven days); he will be replaced by Bob Meyer and is eligible to return Aug 16.
Player of the day: Roy Face, Montreal