In these desperate times the Yankees are smart enough to know where to look for inspiration. The 2007 Phillies and Rockies climbed back from deeper holes in fewer games. So did the 2009 Twins and 2011 Rays and Cardinals.

No the concern now for these Yankees is more tangible and more alarming: Where are they going to find the arms that will stop this bleeding?

Even another injury departure for Derek Jeter couldn’t overshadow a third consecutive pitching meltdown that left the Yankees as 13-9 losers to the rival Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon giving them a historic dishonor. As FOX’s sideline reporter Ken Rosenthal shared (courtesy of Stats Inc.) never before had an American League team lost three straight home games in which it scored at least eight runs per contest.

The Yankees have been outscored in the first three games of this series 34-25 and their team ERA is 10.55.

“We’ve got to turn it around” manager Joe Girardi said. “The bottom line is we’ve got to pitch better because we are scoring some runs. We’ve got to figure out how to get them out.”

It’s a mind-blowing turn of events given that for the majority of this season the Yankees were an offense-starved team that stayed afloat thanks to their stellar pitching.

Saturday for this critical matchup the Yankees began the day knowing that relievers Shawn Kelley (right triceps) Boone Logan (left arm) and David Robertson (right shoulder) were out of commission and that Joba Chamberlain and Preston Claiborne probably weren’t available either due to excessive recent usage. Throw in the fact David Huff would be making his first Yankees start getting promoted to replace the ineffective Phil Hughes and it smelled like a recipe for disaster. Only a stunningly good outing by Huff could save the day.

And that didn’t happen. Huff threw a 1-2-3 first inning then began the second inning by serving up a double to David Ortiz and a homer to Yankees-killer Mike Napoli. The left-hander lasted just 3 ¹/₃ innings getting pounded for nine runs and eight hits.

“It was terrible” Huff said. “Coming off what I’ve been doing and to have that happen today is just embarrassing on my part.”

Right-hander Jim Miller relieved Huff and picked up just four outs while giving up three more runs. If you’re grasping for any sort of silver lining during these dark times Brett Marshall entered the game with two outs in the fifth — his second major-league appearance — and ate up the rest of the game’s innings allowing just one more run and giving the Yankees’ offense a chance to do some damage and provide a sliver of hope against the Red Sox’s pitching.