Rusin spotless in relief in Cubs win

Published: Monday, April 2, 2012 5:30 a.m.CDT

TEMPE, Ariz. – Cubs left-hander Chris Rusin worked 51⁄3 scoreless innings in an 8-1 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.

Rusin allowed two hits and struck out three against an Angels lineup that featured regulars Kendrys Morales, Mark Trumbo, Maicer Izturis, Alberto Callaspo and Bobby Abreu.

Jeff Baker homered and the Cubs scored three runs off Angels ace Jered Weaver in the sixth inning.

Weaver, who is expected to be the Opening Day starter on Friday against Kansas City, threw five scoreless innings before the Cubs got to him in the sixth.

Darwin Barney tripled in a run and scored on Starlin Castro’s sacrifice fly for a 2-0 Cubs lead. Marlin Byrd then doubled in the other run.

Barney added a three-run homer off Jason Isringhausen in the eighth.

Izturis hit his first homer of the spring in the eighth.

Castro and David DeJesus each had two of the Cubs’ 13 hits. Callaspo had two of the Angels’ five hits.

Cubs right-hander Matt Garza worked four scoreless innings in a minor league game Sunday. Garza allowed two hits and struck out six and threw 51 pitches before finishing his work in the bullpen.

Garza is 2-2 with a 5.51 ERA over 161⁄3 innings and five starts this spring.

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