READING - Jeremy Slayden slugged a pinch-hit grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to propel the Reading Phillies to a 6-3 Eastern League victory over the Trenton Thunder last night.

The win gave Reading its first series sweep of the season.

The homer was the first double-A hit for Slayden, recently sent down from triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Trenton had taken a 3-2 lead in the seventh on Reegie Corona's RBI single.

Quintin Berry hit a solo homer in the bottom of the third for Reading.

Lehigh Valley 2, Charlotte 1

ALLENTOWN - Drew Carpenter allowed one run in seven innings and Sergio Escalona pitched two shutout innings in relief as the IronPigs beat the Knights in the International League.

Lakewood 3, Hagerstown 1

LAKEWOOD, N.J. - The BlueClaws won the South Atlantic League game, which was shortened to 61/2 innings because of heavy fog.

Trenton 011 000 100 - 3 7 2

Reading 011 000 004 - 6 8 2

WP: Angel Castro (1-0). LP: Amaury Sanit (1-2). HR: R–Quintin Berry (2), Jeremy Slayden (1). A: 7,698.

Charlotte 000 000 100 - 1 6 2

Lehigh Valley 101 000 000 - 2 5 1

WP: Drew Carpenter (5-0). LP: Jack Egbert (4-1). Save: Sergio Escalona (1). A: 8,470.

Hagerstown 100 000 - 1 7 0

Lakewood 000 12x - 3 6 1

WP: Heitor Correa (3-2). LP: Paul Demny (1-5). Save: Justin De Fratus (2). HR: H–Derek Norris (13). A: 5,406.