Andy Pettitte started a game for the Yankees last night for the first time since mid-May, and Joe Girardi said he would be thrilled if the veteran lefty could give him six innings or 90 pitches.

Pettitte couldn’t get either, or a victory, coughing up a three-run lead and settling for a no-decision in the Bombers’ 7-4 win over the Indians.

He was long gone by the time the Yankees pulled out the victory, allowing seven hits and four earned runs in just 4 2/3 innings. Though Pettitte came through his first start since May 16 healthy and unscathed, that was about the only good part of his outing, in which he squandered a 4-1 third-inning cushion.

“I felt good,” he said. “First of all, it’s a good win for us. Obviously I feel good about the team winning, putting some runs up on the board. As far as me personally, it’s frustrating, because we finally get some runs on the board and I give them back to them. I’m never going to be really happy about that.”

The 40-year-old was forced out of a May 16 loss to the Mariners with a strained left trapezius. After a trip to the 15-day disabled list, he was activated for last night’s start, the 500th of his career, in search of his 250th win. He had the stuff to get it, but not the endurance or command, tallying three walks and a wild pitch in his short outing.

“I felt good early,’’ said Pettitte, who tired in the three-run fifth inning. “I ran out of gas a bit, but other than that I felt pretty good. My command was good. I know I walked those two guys that last inning, but I felt like I was throwing my balls where I wanted to and changed speeds pretty good.

“It’s just disappointing with that stuff I had early on you felt like you’re going to pitch deeper in the game.”