NEW YORK — James Paxton allowed a leadoff home run for the second straight outing when Charlie Blackmon shook out of a slump and started the Colorado Rockies to an 8-4 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday that halted a six-game losing streak.
On the second consecutive day with a 94-degree temperature at game time, DJ LaMahieu homered on the first pitch from German Márquez (9-5) in the bottom half. But Márquez rebounded from his worst big league start and cooled the Yankees’ bats after that. Colorado took a 5-1 lead in the third, knocked out Paxton (5-5) in the fourth and ended New York’s five-game winning streak.
Acquired from Seattle during the offseason, Paxton has failed to finish five innings seven times in 17 starts and has a 4.20 ERA, cause for concern that might lead the Yankees to seek more starting pitching ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.
Blackmon went 4 for 5, Nolan Arenado hit a tiebreaking, two-run double and David Dahl added a two-run single in the third, when three runs were unearned because first baseman Luke Voit allowed Tony Wolters’ sacrifice bunt to bounce off his glove for an error.
After Blackmon’s single chased Paxton in the fourth, Trevor Story greeted Chad Green with a two-run double.
Colorado had lost 13 of its 15 previous games and made a flurry of roster moves Sunday morning. Veteran infielder Mark Reynolds was designated for assignment two home runs shy of 300 after hitting .170 with four homers and 20 RBIs in 135 at-bats. Right-hander Jeff Hoffman and lefty Sam Howard were brought up from Triple-A and Antonio Senzatela demoted, after allowing six runs in 1 1/3 innings on Saturday.
Márquez allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings, improving to 7-0 with a 2.98 ERA in 14 interleague starts. After giving up 11 runs over 2 2/3 innings in a 19-2 loss to San Francisco on July 15, he lowered his ERA to 4.99, still the highest among qualified NL pitchers.
Blackmon had been 1 for 9 with four strikeouts in the first two games of the series before hitting the third leadoff homer against Paxton this season, after Baltimore’s Jonathan Villar on April 4 and Tampa Bay’s Travis d’Arnaud last Monday. Paxton has a 10.06 ERA in the first inning, allowing eight home runs, and has given up runs in the first inning in seven of his last nine starts.
He was chased after 3 1/3 innings and gave up seven runs — four earned — five hits and three walks. He is winless in five starts since June 21.
New York leads the AL East by nine games after a 7-3 homestand.
New York had not allowed and then hit a leadoff homer in the same game since Aug. 17, 2006, when Baltimore’s Brian Roberts went deep against Jaret Wright, and Johnny Damon connected off Rodrigo López.
Mike Tauchman homered in the fifth for the Yankees, and Aaron Hicks hit a two-run drive in the eighth off Scott Oberg.
Wolters played all nine innings behind the plate on Saturday and Sunday. The public address system played Donna Summer’s “Hot Stuff” in the middle of the first.
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Chris Iannetta led off three innings with walks and scored in all three.
Yankees C Gary Sánchez allowed a run in the eighth on his sixth passed ball, down from 18 last year and 16 in 2017.
Rockies: Arenado was back in the lineup, a day after leaving in the eighth inning because of a right leg cramp.
Yankees: Voit was back in the lineup, a day after he was struck on the chin by a pitch from Chad Bettis. Voit wore an extension on his helmet to protect the chin and went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. … LF Brett Gardner was scratched from the lineup because of a knee that was “barking,” according to manager Aaron Boone, and was replaced by Tauchman. Boone said he expects Gardner will be available Monday.
Rockies: RHP Peter Lambert (2-1) starts Monday at Washington.
Yankees: A day after turning 39, LHP CC Sabathia (5-4) starts at Minnesota, where LHP Martín Pérez (8-3) opens the series for the AL Central-leading Twins.