NEW YORK (AP) - Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks struck out three times against their former teammate. They had plenty of company.
The Brewers fanned 14 times in a 5-0 loss to CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees on Thursday, their second-highest total of the season. Milwaukee has lost 10 of 16.
The former Brewers ace had 13 of those strikeouts, tying his career high.
``He had more on his fastball than normal,' Weeks said. ``He stayed pretty much away, but times he needed to come in, he came in with his best.'
After warming up and before he threw his first pitch, Sabathia said he got incredibly nervous about facing his former teammates.
``That was my team,' Sabathia said. ``I try to be laid back and not let that affect me, but it did.'
Mark Teixeira hit his 300th homer to help the New York Yankees finish off June with a season-best five-game winning streak.
Sabathia (11-4) won for the eighth time in nine starts and became the first major leaguer to reach 11 victories. Detroit ace Justin Verlander got his 11th less than an hour later, against the New York Mets.
In 7 2-3 innings, Sabathia gave up six hits and two walks. Every batter he fanned came on a swinging third strike.
When Sabathia left after throwing 118 pitches, he got a roar from the fans who saw yet another daytime win. The Yankees are 23-4 in the afternoon.
Sabathia went 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA in 2008 after he was traded to the Brewers by Cleveland. He remains close to the nucleus of that team, especially players such as Weeks, Fielder and Ryan Braun.
Randy Wolf (6-5) lost for the first time in eight starts since May 17, outpitched by his fellow lefty.
``Today was another example of how dominant he can be,' Wolf said. ``He's a monster out there. He throws a 95 mph fastball, great changeup and a sharp slider. He definitely works are and puts that ability on the field. That ability is pretty nice to watch.'
Fielder struck out with the bases loaded to end the third inning and the Yankees added two more runs in the bottom half. In retrospect, it turned into a key moment.
Especially considering how well Wolf pitched from the fourth inning onward. He retired his final eight batters and only allowed two hits after the third inning.
It didn't look as if he'd make it that far, but he scratched out seven innings, allowing seven hits and four runs.
``That was really big for our bullpen,' Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. ``His last three innings pitched, it's the best that I've seen him throw. It was just the first couple innings, the ball was sailing away on him.'
Before Thursday, Wolf had given up more than three runs once since May 11 and was 3-0 in his last seven starts.
Braun hit a two-out single in the first to run his hitting streak to 20 games, bringing him more than halfway to topping Paul Molitor's team record of 39.
Teixeira's milestone homer led off the third inning for New York, which finished the month by winning 15 of its last 19 games. It was Teixeira's 25th of the season, giving him the major league lead by one over Toronto's Jose Bautista, who played later Thursday night.
``Those are always big home runs when you can help out CC,' Teixeira said. ``He didn't need much.'
Francisco Cervelli added an RBI single in the fourth and another in the eighth.
The Yankees scored twice in the first, on Robinson Cano's one-out double off Wolf.
Brett Gardner led off with a walk and stole two bases, one in a double-steal with Nick Swisher before Cano's hit.
In addition to the Brewers' 14 strikeouts - all swinging - the Brewers grounded into 10 outs, including a double play. They also hit two infield popups and George Kottaras hit the only fly ball, to center in the third inning.
Said Weeks: ``He's the best left-hander we've faced all year.'
NOTES: Before the bottom of the fourth, the Yankees played the version of ``Wild Thing' from the movie ``Major League' and showed on the video screen Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker, who played fictional commentator Harry Doyle in the 1989 movie. ... Weeks struck out his first three times up. ... Sabathia also had 13 strikeouts Sept 14, 2007, with Cleveland. He said he's not as nervous facing the Indians, with whom he spent 7 1/2 seasons before he was traded to Milwaukee, because most of the teammates he knew well from 2001-2008 are no longer with Cleveland. ... The Yankees hadn't won five in a row since Aug. 28-Sept 4 last season. ... Fielder and Boston's David Ortiz will be captains for their leagues in the All-Star home run derby. The event will be July 11 in Phoenix, the day before the All-Star game.
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