Chicago Cubs right fielder Seiya Suzuki hit his first home run of the season and went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in a 12-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday.

Suzuki's line-drive two-run homer to center field gave the Cubs a 2-0 first-inning lead at Wrigley Field, a day after Japanese teammate Shota Imanaga did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the sixth in an impressive Major League Baseball debut.

Seiya Suzuki of the Chicago Cubs hits a two-run home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field in Chicago on April 2, 2024. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Suzuki, playing in his third MLB season, added a single in the seventh.

"Scoring first was big for us," the former star of Japan's Hiroshima Carp said of homering off a 2-0 sinker from left-hander Kyle Freeland. "It was a hitter's count, so I was ready to take a good swing at the next pitch even if it meant missing it."

Christopher Morel, Garrett Cooper and Cody Bellinger also homered for the Cubs.

Yu Darvish of the San Diego Padres pitches in a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Petco Park in San Diego, California, on April 2, 2024. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

In other action, San Diego Padres pitcher Yu Darvish (0-1) took his first loss after allowing three runs in seven innings against the St. Louis Cardinals, who came back to win 5-2.

Shohei Ohtani was 0-for-3 with a walk in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 5-4 win over the San Francisco Giants, going hitless for a second straight game. Mookie Betts hit his MLB-leading fifth home run.

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