- Associated Press - Saturday, April 12, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Chris Rusin gave the Chicago Cubs something to remember Saturday.

Called up from Triple-A late Friday night, Rusin relieved Chicago starter Carlos Villanueva with no one out and two on in the fourth inning of Saturday’s 10-4 loss.

He allowed those runners to score on a single by Jon Jay, but settled in nicely after that for the final five innings. Rusin allowed one run on three hits with a strike out and an intentional walk.

“He helped save the bullpen,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said.

Following the game, Rusin found out this would be his only appearance with the big club - for a while, anyway. The Cubs plan to option him back to Triple-A Iowa.

Rusin was not surprised.

“You pitch where they tell you to pitch and go where they tell you to go,” he said. “But this was big for my confidence and something I can take with me.”

If he continues to pitch the way he did Saturday, Rusin figures to be back soon enough. He was lying in bed Friday night when he got the call to report to St. Louis.

“I was ready to go,” said Rusin, who made it to St. Louis about two hours before first pitch.

His performance impressed the winning pitcher Saturday.

“He did exactly what he was supposed to do,’ said St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright. “He came in there and threw strikes and saved his bullpen. I thought he did a nice job.”

“He helped save the bullpen,” Renteria said.

Matt Adams homered, Matt Carpenter drove in two runs and Wainwright saved his own tired bullpen by lasting seven innings for the Cardinals.

It was hardly a vintage performance by Wainwright (2-1), who helped his own cause with an RBI single. He gave up a homer to Junior Lake on his first pitch and allowed six more hits and three runs after that while striking out eight. The four runs were twice as many as Wainwright yielded in his first two starts.

The win was Wainwright’s 101st with the Cardinals, tying Matt Morris, Larry Jackson and Max Lanier for 10th place on the franchise list.

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