For the first time in his career, CC Sabathia allowed five home runs in a game and shook his head after it was over.
"It's a humbling game and tonight was definitely humbling," Sabathia said.
Three of the homers came in the third inning, the second time that has happened to Sabathia in his career. The first was May 1, 2007 when he was with the Indians and Alex Rios, Troy Glaus and Aaron Hill went deep for the Blue Jays.
"It’s tough," Sabathia said. "You never want to be the guy that gets us off to a bad start, especially against a team in our division starting off a series. Hopefully I can be better the next time out."
Sabathia had been as good as anyone going into his start last Saturday in Boston, where he was beat up for seven runs in six innings. Before that, he won in Chicago, but gave up 10 hits. Joe Girardi isn't concerned.
"I don't think it's fatigue, we still see his fastball at 96, 97," Girardi said. "I just think that players go through this. If this game was easy, there would be a lot more big league players. You're going to go through little stretches where you don't throw the ball as well, you don't swing as well. Sometimes there's no answer, it just happens. It's part of the game."
*** David Price improved to 3-0 with a 1.56 ERA in five career head-to-head matchups against Sabathia, allowing one run and six hits in eight innings.
"You can tell a lot by watching the other team's swings," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "They weren't getting really good swings out there tonight. David had good command of his offspeed pitches."