Seiya Suzuki’s 2 home runs allow Cubs to win 2-1 against Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Seiya Suzuki homered twice, Drew Smyly threw five scoreless innings and the Chicago Cubs beat Pittsburgh 2-1 on Tuesday, spoiling the Pirates’ home opener.

Suzuki connected for the opening shots in the fifth and seventh. One of Japan’s top players, Suzuki signed a five-year, $85 million contract with the Cubs last month.

Smyly (1-0) allowed three hits and none in his Cubs debut. The left-hander agreed to a one-year deal last month.

Smyly also signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Cubs in December 2017, but he never pitched for Chicago. Returning from Tommy John surgery, he missed time to play a major league game in 2018 and was traded to Texas in November.

The Pirates earned their lone home run from Bryan Reynolds against Mychal Givens in the eighth.

David Robertson worked a perfect ninth for his second save.

José Quintana (0-1) made his first appearance for Pittsburgh, pitching five effective innings against one of his former teams. The veteran southpaw joined the Pirates as a free agent in November after posting a 6.43 ERA during an injury-plagued 2021 season with the Los Angeles and San Francisco Angels.

Suzuki drove a full throw from Quintana deep to right center in the fifth. He connected against Anthony Banda in the seventh for his third homer in his fourth major league game.

Suzuki reached base at least twice, scored a run and made a run in each game. The last Cubs player to start the season with a longer streak was Mark Grudzielanek with five in 2003.

Smyly forced a career-high 11 strikeouts.

Ian Happ had two hits for Chicago. He’s 7 for 10 in three games so far this season.


Cubs right-hander Keegan Thompson appealed his three-game suspension for hitting Milwaukee’s Andrew McCutchen with a pitch on Saturday. He remains eligible to play until the appeals process is complete.

Manager David Ross has served his one-game suspension for the incident. Bench coach Andy Green served as interim manager.

“It’s out of my control. It’s part of the rules,” Ross said when asked if he thought the suspension was warranted.


The Pirates and third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes finalized an eight-year, $70 million deal ahead of the game. The deal spans the 2029 season and includes a club option for 2030.

“Being a top player means a lot to me,” the 25-year-old Hayes said.


Cubs: RHP Alec Mills (back weakness) threw 77 pitches Sunday during extended spring training. He was slated for a bullpen season Tuesday in Arizona. … LHP Wade Miley (left elbow inflammation) played catch before the game.

Pirates: RHP Luis Oviedo (sprained right ankle) began a rehabilitation mission on Sunday after injury at Low-A Bradenton and kicked a scoreless inning.


Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-0, 1.29 ERA) starts Wednesday. He allowed a run in 5 1/3 innings against Milwaukee on Opening Day.

Pirates: RHP Zach Thompson (3-7, 3.24 ERA in 2021) makes his debut for Pittsburgh after being acquired from Miami on an offseason trade.


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