Cubs’ Shota Imanaga dominates Rockies in his MLB debut

Shota Imanaga struck out nine and didn’t walk a batter in his six-inning major league debut and the host Chicago Cubs shut out the Colorado Rockies 5-0 on Monday.Christopher Morel had two hits and Cody Bellinger had a two-run single to help Chicago win its home opener.Charlie Blackmon, Brendan Rodgers and Ryan McMahon had singles for Colorado, which was outhit 9-4 and has lost four of five road games to begin the season.Imanaga (1-0), who signed a four-year deal with Chicago in January, didn’t allow a hit for the first 5 2/3 innings before Blackmon and Rodgers had consecutive two-out singles for the Rockies. Imanaga ended his day by striking out Nolan Jones.Dakota Hudson (0-1) was strong in his Colorado debut but was victimized by two errors on one play in the sixth inning. Hudson allowed three runs — all unearned — on four hits and struck out two.The hitters faced a strong headwind, which helped keep the game scoreless. Blackmon had a deep drive to the wall in center field that might have gone out on a calmer day, and several other drives to the outfield were neutralized by the wind.