Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that despite the troubles, he hadn't considered benching Johnson or moving him from the No. 2 spot in the lineup. Johnson did snap the skid at 0-for-21 with a fourth-inning single off Ervin Santana, finishing 1-for-4 before leaving for pinch-hitter Marcus Thames in the ninth.
"At times, you're going to be in slumps," Girardi said. "I'm throwing him right back in there. This is a game where at times you're going to struggle, and you've got to fight your way right out of it."
Johnson's longest career hitless streak is an 0-for-22 slide set last season with the Marlins from Sept. 16 to Oct. 2.