In his eighth career starter, New York’s Stan Bahnsen no-hit the Boston Red Sox through twenty-five outs. Bahnsen battled Boston starter Gary Waslewski for six plus innings until Gene Michael plated Tom Tresh with a single through the hole at short. Bahnsen received two insurance runs in the eighth with a two-run single by catcher Jake Gibbs. As the game entered the ninth, Bahnsen would face the heart of the Boston lineup. Joe Foy grounded out weakly to third baseman Bobby Cox, and the crowd of 19,620 rose in anticipation of what awaited their rookie hurler. However, Carl Yastrzemski lined a 1-2 fastball over second base to deny Bahnsen’s bid for baseball immortality. The 23-year-old Iowan responded by striking out the next two batters, Reggie Smith and Ken Harrelson, to complete a one-hit shutout, the first of his career. The shutout evened Bahnsen’s record to 2-2.
In Washington, the Detroit Tigers moved into first place as Denny McLain improved his record to 5-2 with a 6-0 shutout of the Senators. The Tigers have a half game edge over the Indians and the A’s. McLain struck out nine and allowed only five hits. In nearby Baltimore, Larry Brown’s groundout in the fifteenth scored Vic Davalillo as the Indians defeated the Orioles, 5-4. Brown beat out an attempted inning-ending double play, but Cleveland needed to call upon starter Steve Hargan to escape an Oriole threat in the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Don Buford popped out to third base with the bases loaded to end the game. In Oakland, Tommy John and the White Sox dropped the A’s from first place with a 5-3 win. The A’s committed three errors in the ball game. In Anaheim, the Angels dropped into sole possession of the American League cellar with a double header sweep by the visiting Minnesota Twins. In the opener, Jim Kaat pitched a four-hit shutout in his first start of the season. Kaat missed the first month of the season with his arm injury suffered in his final start last season. In the nightcap, Dean Chance evened his record to 4-4 with an assist from Bob Miller. Harmon Killebrew homered as the Twins scored seven runs in the final three frames to blow past the Angels, 8-2.
In National League action, Jerry Koosman won his fourth in as many decisions with a 3-2 win at Wrigley Field. Ken Boswell socked a two-run home run in the third for the lead, but Ed Kranepool’s solo clout in the eighth proved to be the game-winner after Ernie Banks homered for Chicago in the bottom of the eighth. At Crosley Field, the Giants handed the last-place Reds a 6-1 loss. Jim Ray Hart, winner of the National League’s last two Player of the Month awards, drove in four runs with a home run. Willie Mays also homered for the Giants. Gaylord Perry won his fourth game against no defeats with an eight-hitter. In Atlanta, the Dodgers’ Don Drysdale (3-4) pitched a seven-hitter against the Braves in a 4-2 win in Dixie. Rocky Colavito homered for Los Angeles to give Braves’ starter Ken Johnson his first loss in five decisions. At Forbes Field, Bob Veale edged the Phillies, 2-1, with an assist from Roy Face. Cookie Rojas homered for the Phils in the first, but the Bucs responded with two runs in the bottom of the first for the game’s only tallies. Manny Mota and Willie Stargell drove in the Bucs’ runs with singles off their former teammate Woodie Fryman who went the distance in the loss. Last winter, Fryman was shipped to Philadelphia with two other minor leaguers in exchange for veteran Jim Bunning.