TORONTO - CC Sabathia has been around long enough not to get excited by the near-miss, the "you'll get 'em next time," the almost there.
And so he just shook his head last night upon hearing Joe Girardi say he's been good enough to win "two or three'' games this season.
"I'm just good enough to lose right now,'' said Sabathia, who fell to 0-5 with a 5.45 ERA in the Yankees' 5-1 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
Sabathia, as has been the case in most of his starts this year, wasn't awful but made mistakes on too many critical pitches.
The one Sabathia kicked himself over most was a 1-and-2 cutter that Ezequiel Carrera, the No. 9 hitter, sent to right for a two-run single in the second that gave the Blue Jays the lead for good at 2-1.
"It's two strikes to a lefty, there's no way I should give up a hit right there,'' said Sabathia, who allowed four runs and nine hits in 61/3 innings.
Though the trip ended in disappointment, it was still overall a positive. The first-place Yankees (17-11), who finished it 4-2, start a four-game series against the Orioles tonight at the Stadium.
If anyone could understand Sabathia's "just good enough to lose" line, it was Toronto lefthander Mark Buehrle, who claimed his first victory over the Yankees in 11 years by allowing one run and six hits over five innings.
Buehrle (4-2, 6.00), though, often wasn't very good against the Bombers, entering 1-14 with a 6.21 ERA against them, the victory coming April 10, 2004, at the Stadium while he was with the White Sox.
"Mark is a great competitor and he's been a great competitor for a long time," said Alex Rodriguez, who hit third in that 2004 game - going 1-for-4 - and went 1-for-3, batting third, last night.
Mark Teixeira, who drove in the Yankees' lone run with a first-inning fielder's choice, giving him a team-best 23 RBI, called Buehrle's lack of success against the Bombers "a statistical anomaly."
"That's a really good pitcher," Teixeira said of the 36-year-old, now 203-154 in his career. "He's been a good pitcher his entire career."
The Yankees, who went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven, were shut down after the first by Buehrle over the next four innings, then three Blue Jays relievers thereafter.
"He made the big pitches when he needed to, kept us of balance," said Teixeira, who grounded to short with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth. "Mark competes. He got out of the jams tonight when he needed to."
The Blue Jays (14-15), who got four hits from Chris Colabello, called up from Triple-A Tuesday, and three from Russell Martin a second straight night, added to their lead in the fourth.
Martin led off with a liner off Sabathia's backside for a single. Sabathia retired Pillar on a fly ball and, with Colabello at the plate, balked Martin to second. It was Sabathia's first balk since 2013 and the 16th of his career.
"My fault," Sabathia said.
Colabello then lined a 1-and-0 slider to center for a single that made it 3-1. Martin's seventh homer of the season, on a fastball that cut back over the plate, in the sixth made it 4-1.
"Today was one of those things they were making good contact and putting some swings on some pretty good pitches," Sabathia said. "That's just kind of me now."