Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning Sunday night, and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, 5-2, to finish their first four-game home sweep of their bitter rivals in 24 years.
Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer off Phil Coke (4-3) in the top of the eighth, ending Boston’s 31-inning scoreless streak and making it 2-1.
Daniel Bard (0-1) retired the first two hitters in the bottom half before Damon drove a 98-mph fastball over the right-field fence, bringing the fourth consecutive sellout crowd at Yankee Stadium to its feet.
The fans didn’t have a chance to sit down, either, before Teixeira went deep to right two pitches later. It was the sixth time Damon and Teixeira have hit consecutive homers, the most ever for a pair of Yankees in a season.