Suzuki homers extend hot start, Cubs beat Rockies 6-4


DENVER (AP) — Seiya Suzuki hit his fourth home run, extending an impressive start to his major league career, and…

DENVER (AP) — Seiya Suzuki hit his fourth home run, extending an impressive start to his major league career, and the Chicago Cubs defeated the Colorado Rockies 6-4 on Sunday.

Willson Contreras also went deep for the Cubs. Nick Madrigal had three hits and Nico Hoerner drove in two runs.

Suzuki hits .400 and has hit safely with an at-bat in eight straight games. The 27-year-old fielder from Japan has reached base in all nine games with the Cubs.

“I’ve noticed how calm the bats are,” said manager David Ross. “You hear about plate discipline and contact, but it was really impressive to find his pitches and not rush out of the hitting zone with the speed that’s here and some of the awkward things he was exposed to.”

Rowan Wick (1-0) won with ease and David Robertson made his third save.

Ryan McMahon scored for the Rockies.

The Cubs beat Colorado starter Austin Gomber (0-1) for five runs — four earned — in 4 1/3 innings. Contreras hit a solo homer in the first, Hoerner had a two-run double in the second, and Frank Schwindel made it 4-0 with an RBI single in the third.

“I was just a little off,” Gomber said. “I thought I would get better as the game went on, my stuff got better. The shape of my off-speed pitches wasn’t typical for me early on, so I knew something was wrong. They were aggressive and made me pay.”

Gomber got out in the fifth after intentionally leading Suzuki to load the bases. Yan Gomes hit an RBI single from reliever Ashton Goudeau.

Suzuki didn’t mind the intentional walk.

“The bases are loading, so now it creates a bigger opportunity for the team,” he said through translator Toy Matsushita. “That’s the most important.”

Chicago starter Drew Smyly hit four in 4 2/3 innings and exited the tournament after a single from Yonathan Daza put the runners in first and second place with two outs. Scott Effross got Connor Joe to finish the inning, but the Rockies came back in the sixth.

Elias Diaz’s RBI single gave Colorado its first run and McMahon hit his first homer of the year from Michael Rucker to make it 5-3.

Suzuki’s solo homer in the seventh made it a three-run game.

“It’s been really impressive so far,” Ross said.

Colorado loaded bases twice at the end of the seventh but only managed one run on Kris Bryant’s sacrificial fly.


Chicago third baseman Patrick Wisdom hit .048 after going 0 for 4 on Thursday night but found his groove the rest of the weekend. He had two doubles on Friday night and followed that up with three hits on Saturday night. He continued to produce with another double and two walks on Sunday.

Wisdom had five doubles in the series, taking his batting average to a .233.


Cubs: RHP Alec Mills (low back strain) threw a bullpen on Saturday and is expected to face hitters in the coming days. The next step would be a rehab assignment in the minor league. … LHP Wade Miley (left elbow inflammation) threw down a mound Saturday for the first time since spring practice.

Rockies: Placed INF Garrett Hampson on the 10-day injured list with an injured right hand and recalled Triple-A Albuquerque infielder Colton Welker. …OF Randal Grichuk returned to the lineup after missing three games with a backache. He went 2 for 4.


Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-1, 7.00 ERA) opens a home series against Tampa Bay Monday night.

Rockies: RHP Chad Kuhl (0-0, 2.08) makes his home debut as Colorado begins a three-game series against Philadelphia on Monday night.


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