TORONTO – On April 10, 2004, at Yankee Stadium, Chicago White Sox lefthander Mark Buehrle earned his first career win over the New York Yankees.
More than 11 years later, Buehrle finally beat them again.
Russell Martin homered, Buehrle stopped a two-start losing streak and the Toronto Blue Jays beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday night.
"We're excited for [Buehrle]," manager John Gibbons said. "He got the monkey off his back tonight."
Buehrle (4-2) allowed one run and six hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out three.
Buehrle came in with a 1-14 career record against New York, and was 0-12 with a 7.27 ERA in 17 starts against them since his lone victory.
"Over my career I've had good games where I've thrown pretty well against them and things haven't panned out," Buehrle said. "For the most part I haven't pitched too good against them, but there has been some games where I feel like I should have more than one win.
"I made bad pitches today and I got away with them. I've always said I want to be good, but at the same time I want to be lucky."
Martin went 3-for-4 and Chris Colabello, the former Twin called up this week, had a career-high four hits as the Blue Jays took two of three from the AL East-leading Yankees.
In Buehrle's only previous win over the Yankees, he allowed two unearned runs over eight innings in his first career start at Yankee Stadium.
"I don't remember anything about it," Buehrle said. "I can't remember what happened last week."
Mark Teixeira's RBI grounder in the first gave New York an early lead, but Toronto answered in the second with Ezequiel Carrera's two-run single off CC Sabathia.
"I'm just good enough to lose right now," Sabathia said.