For Blue Jays rookie Todd Redmond, the stress of facing the New York Yankees for the first time was eased by an early outburst from his offense.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run home run, Redmond snapped a seven-start winless streak and Toronto beat the Yankees 7-2 on Wednesday night.
Redmond (2-2) left to a standing ovation after striking out Alfonso Soriano and Alex Rodriguez to begin the sixth inning.
''He finished very strong and that was big,'' manager John Gibbons said.
Redmond allowed two runs and three hits, walked four and struck out seven for his first victory since beating Minnesota on July 7.
''He's got a little deception to him because of his arm angle,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Redmond. ''Sometimes his fastball runs, sometimes it goes up, his slider was pretty good tonight.''
Aaron Loup worked 1 1-3 innings, Sergio Santos pitched the eighth and Darren Oliver finished for the Blue Jays.
Handed a 6-0 lead after the first two innings, Redmond said he app...