held his bat high, slowly trotting toward first base, unsure whether the ball he'd just sent soaring into the night would
The way this series went for Boston and New York, there should have been no doubt.
Teixeira hit the tie-breaking homer two pitches after
went deep in the eighth inning Sunday night, and the Yankees went on to beat the
5-2 and complete their first four-game home sweep of their bitter rival in 24 years.
''I've hit a lot of balls like that that continue to hook and go foul, and I go back and pick up my bat and dust it off,''
Teixeira said. ''So I just held onto my bat in case it went foul, I'd just walk back to home plate.''
He found himself rounding the bases instead.
The home runs off
(0-1) came one inning after
's two-run shot off
(4-3) had snapped the
's 31-inning scoreless stretch. It was the sixth time Damon and Teixeira hit consecutive homers, the most ever for a pair
of Yankees in one season.
''To be able to do that back-to-back is not an easy task, and Tex stepped up,'' Yankees manager
said. ''Big players did big things in the game tonight.''
homered in the seventh inning and
added a two-run single later in the eighth for the Yankees. They've won seven straight and built a 6 1/2-game lead in the
AL East - and have never failed to win the division when leading by more than six.
''You need breaks to win sometimes and we didn't tonight, and we haven't got any in a while, so, you know, we're excited to
head back home and start fresh,'' Boston's
said. ''We're in the lead of wild card? What's the deal? Good, so we'll start over.''
Um, not quite Dustin.
Even that was lost after Texas won earlier in the day to move into a tie with Boston.
''It's frustrating, you know, for everyone,''
said. ''That's why when you're on a good roll, you've got to try to win as many games as possible, so when you get in that
hump, you know, you just deal with it.''
finished the disastrous series 3 for 38 with runners in scoring position, scoring two runs total the final three games. Their
ugly scoreless streak against New York was Boston's longest since a 34-inning stretch from Sept. 1-24, 1952, according to
had beaten New York eight straight times to start the season, but now find themselves limping back to Fenway Park. Boston
is on a six-game skid and facing it's largest deficit in the division since Oct. 1, 2006.
had our number,'' Swisher said, ''but we changed cell-phone providers.''
With the last of four straight sellout crowds at Yankee Stadium serenading the
with chants of ''sweep, sweep,'' All-Star closer
worked around a leadoff single in the ninth for his major league-leading 32nd save.
''I think that everybody feels the weight of, you know, not scoring enough runs,'' said
, who was back in the lineup after missing the first three games with a hamstring injury.
''I think everybody wants to be that guy to come up and get that big hit. You want to do it so bad you're, you know, squeezing
the bat handle harder.''
A pitching duel between
and Boston counterpart
began dissolving when Rodriguez hit a solo shot leading off the seventh inning, giving him 574 home runs and breaking a tie
for ninth on the all-time list.
It was the first home run allowed by Lester since June 18 against Florida.
The soaring shot didn't have quite the drama of the two-run homer Rodriguez hit Friday night, in the 15th inning of a scoreless
game. But he seemed to enjoy it every bit as much, even taking a curtain call after greeting his cheering teammates.
Martinez answered the next inning and snapped the longest scoreless innings streak for Boston since September 1974. It was
also the first extra-base hit for the
's two-run homer in the fourth inning of a 13-6 loss Thursday night.
''It changed so fast,''
said. ''You know, it was a big shift in emotions. ... They did a heck of a lot better job this series than we did, so we have
to live with it and now move on.''
Pettitte gritted through seven innings, allowing five hits and two walks in what Girardi called his best performance of the
season. He even out-pitched Lester - just barely - after Boston's hard-throwing left-hander went seven innings and allowed
''Andy has pitched in so many big games for us,'' Girardi said. ''He was great, Lester was great. We know every time we face
Lester, it's going to be a battle.''
NOTES: The Yankees have hit 100 homers at their new ballpark. ... The Yankees activated RHP
for assignment. ... Boston purchased the contract of RHP
from Triple-A Pawtucket and designated RHP