TORONTO — CC Sabathia is stuck in the longest losing streak of his career, and his offense isn’t doing a whole lot to help him snap out of it.
Russell Martin homered, Mark Buehrle earned a victory over the Yankees for the first time in more than 11 years and the Toronto Blue Jays beat New York 5-1 on May 6.
Sabathia (0-5) remained winless in six starts, allowing four runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings. The left-hander has received only one run of support in four of his outings this season, and 13 total runs in his six starts.
“He’s pitched well enough to win in two or three games. We just haven’t scored a lot of runs,” <Manager Joe Girardi said.
A downcast Sabathia didn’t share Girardi’s optimistic outlook. “I’m just good enough to lose right now,” Sabathia said.
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.
“Carrera killed me today,” Sabathia said. “It’s just so frustrating to give up a two-run single to a lefty 9-hole hitter.”
Sabathia has lost seven straight decisions over nine starts dating to last season. His most recent victory was a 14-5 win at Boston on April 24, 2014.
“I’ll keep going, keep pushing and try to help this team win,” he said.
Martin lined a single off Sabathia’s backside to begin the fourth, went to second on a balk and scored on a one-out single by Chris Colabello.
New York loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth, but Buehrle escaped when Teixeira grounded out on the first pitch.
“That’s the difference in the ballgame,” Girardi said. “We didn’t get the hits with runners on, they did.”
Martin extended Toronto’s lead with a one-out homer in the bottom half, his seventh. Martin has homered in each of the past four games he has started.
Buehrle (4-2) allowed one run and six hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out three.
“We’re excited for (Buehrle),” Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons said. “He got the monkey off his back tonight.”
Martin went 3 for 4 and Chris Colabello had a career-high four hits as the Blue Jays took two of three from the AL East-leading Yankees.
Buehrle came in with a 1-14 record in his career against New York, and was 0-12 with a 7.27 ERA in 17 starts against them since his lone victory.
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. That game came just over a week after New York had returned from a season-opening series in Japan.
“I don’t remember anything about it,” Buehrle said. “I can’t remember what happened last week.”
Alex Rodriguez, who batted third and started at third base that day, is the only Yankee still with the team. Rodriguez also batted third.
Roberto Osuna worked 2 1-3 innings, Aaron Loup got two outs in the eighth and Brett Cecil finished.