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MLB roundup: Chris Nelson slams Yankees as Angels avoid sweep

Chris Nelson’s eighth-inning grand slam helped the Angels avoid a sweep by New York.

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Chris Nelson’s eighth-inning grand slam helped the Angels avoid a sweep by New York.

Chris Nelson hit his first two home runs of the season, including a grand slam against his former team, to send C.J. Wilson and the Los Angeles Angels past the Yankees, 8-4, Thursday in New York.

Josh Hamilton and rookie J.B. Shuck each had an RBI single to help the struggling Angels prevent a four-game sweep. Wilson (13-6) won his fifth consecutive decision, keeping Alfonso Soriano in the ballpark after the streaking slugger piled up four homers and 13 RBIs the previous two nights.

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Soriano extended his sensational tear, going 4 for 5 with an RBI single, but the Yankees managed little else until a three-run ninth as their four-game winning streak ended. After finishing a 5-2 homestand, they head to Fenway Park this weekend to face the first-place Red Sox.

Nelson spent a couple of weeks with the Yankees in May, one of several replacements they tried at third base.

Cardinals 6, Pirates 5 — Matt Carpenter had four hits and scored the winning run on Matt Holliday’s single in the 12th inning, helping host St. Louis beat Pittsburgh for its second extra-inning triumph over the NL Central leaders in three days.

Rays 7, Mariners 1 — Alex Cobb pitched five strong innings in his first big league game since being hit in the head by a batted ball two months ago and Tampa Bay beat Seattle in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Tigers 4, Royals 1 — Prince Fielder homered for the first time in three weeks, hitting a two-run shot in the first inning to help host Detroit defeat Kansas City.

Giants 4, Nationals 3 — Pinch hitter Hector Sanchez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, helping San Francisco win in Washington.

Athletics 5, Astros 0 — Sonny Gray struck out nine on the way to an impressive first major league victory, using Nate Freiman’s two-run homer and four RBIs to lead host Oakland over Houston that averted a three-game sweep by the lowly Astros.

Reds 2, Brewers 1 — Joey Votto hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning and Tony Cingrani pitched solidly into the seventh, lifting Cincinnati in Milwaukee.

Mets 4, Padres 1 — Marlon Byrd lined a two-out double over right fielder Chris Denorfia’s head in the eighth inning, and New York snapped a three-game skid by beating host San Diego.

Twins 4, White Sox 3 — Chris Herrmann’s pinch-hit single in the bottom of the ninth scored pinch runner Doug Bernier and lifted Minnesota over Chicago.

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