New York Yankees defeat Boston Red Sox, 5-2

NEW YORK - Yankee Stadium was still rocking over Johnny Damon’s tying home run in the eighth inning off fireballing reliever Daniel Bard when Mark Teixeira stepped in and sent the faithful over the edge by taking the Red Sox rookie deep to right to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead and effectively a four-game sweep.

Teixeira’s curtain call was the third of the evening. The third time the Yankees had celebrated a blow that left the Sox deflated, even as they continue to put on...

Call this Boston Massacre III: Bronx Edition.

Just like their late-season trips to Fenway Park in 1978 and 2006, the Yankees improbably completed their latest sweep of four games or more over the reeling Red Sox last night.

They rode back-to-back homers by Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira in the eighth inning to an uplifting 5-2 comeback victory at the Stadium and a commanding 6-1/2-game lead in the AL East.

"So much for 8-and-0, huh?" said off-the-hook reliever Phi...