TORONTO — Russell Martin homered and Mark Buehrle worked five innings for the victory as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the New York Yankees 5-1 on Wednesday night to take the rubber game of the three-game series.

Martin finished with three hits while Chris Colabello had his first career four-hit game to help the Blue Jays improve to 14-15 on the season. The Yankees, who lead the American League East division standings, fell to 17-11.

New York scored its lone run off Buehrle in the first inning. Alex Rodriguez doubled to move Chris Young to third base and Mark Teixeira drove him in with a grounder to the right side of the infield.

The bottom of the Toronto order helped the Blue Jays take the lead in the second inning.

Kevin Pillar reached on a bunt single and Colabello lashed a ball just inside the third-base line for a double. After Ryan Goins lined out, No. 9 hitter Ezequiel Carrera delivered a two-run single.

Martin, a Toronto native who grew up in Chelsea, Que., opened the bottom of the fourth by lining a pitch off Sabathia’s backside. The six-foot-seven 285-pound southpaw barely flinched as Martin scampered to first base.

A balk moved Martin up a base and he scored on Colabello’s one-out single.

The Yankees loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth inning but Teixeira grounded out to end the threat. Buehrle (4-2) allowed six hits, one earned run and a walk while striking out three.

Martin tacked on an insurance run in the sixth with a solo shot that landed in the Toronto bullpen. He has gone deep in each of his last four starts and now has seven homers on the season.

Pillar and Colabello followed with back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners with one out. Sabathia (0-5) escaped further damage by getting Goins to pop up and then fanning Carrera.

Sabathia was pulled with one out in the seventh inning. He allowed four earned runs, nine hits and two walks while striking out four.

The Blue Jays tacked on an insurance run in the eighth inning when Colabello scored on a two-out triple by Goins. Toronto outhit New York 12-7.

Toronto’s Roberto Osuna worked 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Aaron Loup finished off the eighth inning and Brett Cecil gave up a walk in a scoreless ninth.

Announced attendance was 21,312 with the roof open at Rogers Centre. The game took two hours 30 minutes to play.

Notes: The Blue Jays will get a day off Thursday before welcoming the Boston Red Sox to town for a three-game series. Right-hander Aaron Sanchez (2-2, 4.62 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday’s opener against Boston southpaw Wade Miley (1-3, 7.15). … Before the game, the Yankees put infielder Gregorio Petit on the 15-day disabled list because of a bruised right hand and activated utilityman Jose Pirela from the DL. Petit was hit by a pitch on Tuesday night.


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Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press