Brian Roberts' Homer Puts Yankees Past Angels 4-3

Brian Roberts hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the ninth inning, and the Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 Tuesday night for just their second victory in seven games.

Roberts had an early RBI single before he connected with two outs against Ernesto Frieri (0-3), putting his first homer with his new club into the elevated right field stands at Angel Stadium.

Mike Trout tripled and scored the tying run on Albert Pujols' two-out single off Shawn Kelley (1-2) in the eighth inning for the Angels, who had won five of seven on their nine-game homestand.

Alfonso Soriano had an RBI single in the eighth inning for the Yankees.

David Robertson pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Erick Aybar and Trout drove in runs in the third inning for the Angels, whose combustible bullpen let them down again after eight solid innings by C.J. Wilson.

Hiroki Kuroda had his longest and best start of the season for the Yankees, allowing just one earned run and not walking a batter while striking out eight in 7 2-3 innings.

Wilson yielded seven hits, walking three and striking out five in just his second non-winning start since April 1.

Wilson hit Derek Jeter with a pitch to open the eighth, and Carlos Beltran's seeing-eye grounder up the middle sent Jeter to third. Jeter was tagged out after Mark Teixeira's grounder, but Soriano's single to left easily scored Beltran.

Trout snapped an 0-for-12 skid with a two-out triple off the top of the right-field wall in the eighth, barely missing a tying homer. The hit chased Kuroda, and Pujols worked a full count from Shawn Kelley before delivering a clean single to left-center.

Trout has never gone more than 14 at-bats without a hit in his major league career, but he had something close to a slump when he struck out on a pitch in the dirt to end the fifth, stranding two runners.

Hank Conger led off the third with a single and advanced to third when Yangervis Solarte made a terrible throw on a bunt by Collin Cowgill, who advanced to second. Aybar and Trout drove them home with consecutive sacrifice flies.

Wilson yielded three straight singles to open the fifth, with Roberts driving in Solarte before Brett Gardner tied it on Jacoby Ellsbury's double-play groundout.

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