After back-to-back poor outings by Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda, the Yankees looked to CC Sabathia to give them a solid start Tuesday nightagainst the woeful Phillies.
Sabathia was unable to do that. Make it back-to-back-to-back poor outings by the leaking Yankees rotation.
Sabathia was strafed for six runs and eight hits in 42/3 innings and was booed off the mound after the Phillies scored five times in the fourth.
Sabathia was spared a loss when the Yankees rallied from a three-run deficit to tie the score. But Dellin Betances shockingly was charged with four runs in a five-run ninth as the Yankees lost their second in a row to the Phillies, 11-6, in a game delayed for 1:26 by rain.
Maikel Franco's two-run double off Betances (4-1) gave the Phillies the lead for good and gave the rookie five RBIs a night after he had four hits and two home runs.
Andres Blanco added a three-run triple off Nick Rumbelow, who was making his big-league debut in relief of Betances. Two of those runs were charged to Betances, whose ERA went from 0.26 to 1.25.
Sabathia's ERA rose to 5.65. With the Yankees currently using a six-man rotation, the subject of the former ace being sent to the bullpen may at least have to be considered by the team's decision-makers.
In the last three games, the Yankees' top three starters (by reputation) allowed 21 runs (19 earned) on 29 hits in 13 innings. That's a 13.15 ERA.
The Yankees hit four solo home runs (Garrett Jones, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Alex Rodriguez) but failed to score after the fifth inning against the team with the worst record in baseball (26-47). The Yankees had golden opportunities with runners in scoring position and less than two outs in the sixth and seventh and failed to plate the go-ahead run.
Before the game, Joe Girardi said Sabathia needed to avoid giving up runs in bunches.
"The big thing is for him to stay out of the big inning and for us not to give teams extra outs,'' he said.
There were no extra outs in the fourth. Just one base hit after another and then a big blast.
The Yankees were leading 3-1 when Cameron Rupp hit a two-run home run into the Phillies' bullpen in left-center that just eluded the leaping try of Chris Young. It was Rupp's first big-league homer.
One out later, Ben Revere and Cesar Hernandez singled. Franco lofted an opposite-field, three-run homer to the short porch in right to give Philadelphia a 6-3 lead.
Sabathia came out for the fifth and got the first two outs before Headley booted a grounder for his 16th error. With Rupp due up, Girardi removed Sabathia in favor of Branden Pinder.
This time, the crowd did not let Sabathia have it.
Sabathia, who will be 35 next month, is being paid $23 million this season. He has two more years after that at a total of $50 million, including a 2017 option that vests if he doesn't suffer a shoulder injury next season.
At least the Yankees spared Sabathia his eighth loss. They tied it at 6 in the fifth on back-to-back home runs by Headley and Rodriguez and a pair of doubles by Carlos Beltran and Chris Young.
Beltran's double knocked out starter Sean O'Sullivan. Young's double against Elvis Araujo tied the score.