DETROIT – Nick Swisher hit two homers and Joba Chamberlain gave up a run in seven innings, leading the New York Yankees to an 8-6 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.

The Yankees won two straight in Detroit by a combined score of 19-6 after losing the series opener and three in a row at Boston for a season-high four game skid.

Swisher hit a three-run homer in the seven-run fourth and added a solo shot in the fifth, giving him a team-high seven home runs.

New York ended up needing the cushion because the Tigers scored five runs in the ninth.

Chamberlain (1-0) gave up three hits and three walks while matching a career high for innings pitched, and looked comfortable as a starter after beginning last season as a reliever.

Angels 3, Orioles 2

BALTIMORE – Torii Hunter and Kendry Morales hit consecutive homers off Koji Uehara in the seventh inning, Shane Loux earned his first win since 2003 and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 Wednesday for a two-game sweep.

Uehara left in the seventh after being struck in the chest by a line drive off the bat of Gary Matthews Jr. After falling to his knees, Baltimore’s first Japanese-born player slowly rose to his feet and walked off the field.

The injury was determined to be a bruised sternum. X-rays were negative.

Uehara (2-2) allowed one run and four hits before Hunter led off the seventh with his eighth home run. Morales followed by driving an 0-2 pitch over the center-field wall. One out later, Matthews singled.

Loux (1-2) gave up one run and five hits in six-plus innings for his first victory since Sept. 24, 2003, with Detroit. It was the fourth start of the season for the right-hander, who entered with a 6.61 ERA.

Brian Fuentes got three outs for his fifth save – his second in the series. Los Angeles, which came to town without having won consecutive games, now is on a three-game run.

White Sox 6, Mariners 3

CHICAGO – Slumping Carlos Quentin and Jermaine Dye hit consecutive home runs in the seventh inning, leading the Chicago White Sox over the Seattle Mariners.

A.J. Pierzynski also homered as the White Sox rallied from a 3-1 deficit and avoided what would have been their first losing April since 2001.

Matt Thornton (1-1) pitched a one-hit seventh in relief of Gavin Floyd. Scott Linebrink followed and Bobby Jenks pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his fifth save in five chances.

Adrian Beltre had four hits and Ken Griffey Jr. hit a two-run double for Seattle, which will lead the AL West at the end of a month for the first time since July 2003.

Shawn Kelley (0-1), who had pitched 7 2-3 scoreless innings over six appearances coming in, relieved Erik Bedard with a 3-1 lead.

AP-ES-04-29-09 1931EDT


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