Chicago lost five of six. Two of the defeats were galling one-run games against the Phillies, who won one on a fluke hit and the other on a two-run bloop double.
ST. L 60-55 PHIL 58-56 PITT 56-58 MONT 54-58 NY 48-62 CHI 46-64
Kansas City had a royal time, batting .337 for the week and winning seven of eight games, including a 17-3 blitzing of Minnesota. Not even the loss of slugging John Mayberry with a broken hand deterred the onslaught. Amos Otis scored 14 runs, drove in 11 and hit .438; Hal McRae had 10 RBIs and baited .469; George Brett averaged .448; and Orlando Cepeda, in his first six games back in the majors, knocked home a dozen runs.
Oakland lost 2� games of its lead to the slugging Royals, but things could have been worse for the A's. Vida Blue was hospitalized with severe chest pains, and it was feared he had suffered a heart attack. The anxiety ended when Blue's malady was diagnosed as nothing more than acute indigestion caused by eating greasy pork ribs. Thus, the A's survived another internal disorder and like most that have plagued them this season it had a happy resolution. Four days after being hospitalized, Blue stopped Boston 5-3 for his 14th win.
Chicago helped bring the league batting average up to .265—the highest in the majors since National Leaguers hit .265 in 1954. The White Sox averaged .306 and crashed 10 homers. That gave Chicago 111 for the season, equalling its total for all last year. Dick Allen socked three of them to increase his major league-leading total to 31.
Texas lost four of eight and dropped to fourth place, even though Ferguson Jenkins topped Oakland 1-0 for his 15th win. The Rangers stranded 22 men in another victory, a 4-3, 14-inning affair with the Tigers. In the twelfth inning, rookie Catcher Jim Sundberg picked a runner off second base, gunned down another trying to steal and later scored the winning run.
Minnesota's record was 5-5, and Second Baseman Rod Carew committed four errors. He now has 24 for the year, a personal high for one season.
Nolan Ryan of California came within two outs of his third no-hitter before Allen beat out an infield roller. Then an error and singles by Ken Henderson and Bill Sharp made Ryan a 2-1 loser to Chicago.
OAK 67-48 KC 59-53 CHI 58-55 TEX 59-57 MINN 56-60 CAL 45-70