For the first time in nearly a quarter century, the New York Yankees have swept a four-game series with their arch rival Boston Red Sox. Using a trio of homers, the Yankees won on Sunday by a final count of 5-2.
Heading into the 7th inning, the game was tied at zero. In the bottom of the 7th, Alex Rodriguez hit a solo homer. However, new Red Sox slugger Victor Martinez hit a homer in the top of the 8th to put Boston up 2-1. In the bottom of the 8th, Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira hit long balls to ignite a four-run inning to give the Yankees the winning margin.
Both teams got great outings from their starting pitchers. Jon Lester gave up five hits and one earned run while striking out seven batters in seven innings of work. Andy Pettitte edged Lester by pitching seven shutout innings.
After the Yankees four-game sweep, they have a commanding lead in the AL East. The Red Sox trail by 6.5 games and the Tampa Bay Rays trail by 8 games. The Red Sox are now tied with the Texas Rangers in the AL Wild Card race.