TEMPE, Ariz. -- David DeJesus and Starlin Castro each had two hits, Minor Leaguer Chris Rusin hurled 5 1/3 scoreless innings and the Cubs beat the Angels, 8-1, at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Sunday.Angels right-hander Jered Weaver, making his final spring start before Opening Day on Friday -- though that hasn't been declared officially -- rolled through five scoreless frames, but faced nine batters and gave up three runs in the sixth. Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney hit an RBI triple, Castro added another run on a sacrifice fly and center fielder Marlon Byrd made it a 3-0 game with a double in a top of the sixth that saw Chicago crank out five hits against the Angels' ace. Rusin, the 25-year-old left-hander, scattered just two hits and walked none in his outing. He has given up just one run in 10 Cactus League innings. In the eighth, the Cubs broke the game open with five runs against 39-year-old Jason Isringhausen, who was just two days removed from being added to the roster.
The first five batters of the inning reached for the Cubs and hit for the cycle, with Jeff Baker hitting a three-run homer to deep center field, and Geovany Soto and Ronald Torreyes adding RBI singles. Isringhausen faced eight hitters and recorded only two outs."I think as the inning went on, he got the ball down and threw some good cutters," Scioscia said. "But he was behind in the count a lot and it was rough for him."
Third baseman Alberto Callaspo had the only multihit game for the Angels, going 2-for-3 to finish Cactus League play with a .333 average. Maicer Izturis hit a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth to give the Halos their only run.After Sunday's game, the Angels head back to Southern California for a three-game exhibition series against the Dodgers. Up next, Angels: The scene of the Angels' spring shifts to California on Monday, for the first of three games against the Dodgers in the annual Freeway Series. Dan Haren will start the opener, opposite righty Jamey Wright, for the 7:05 p.m. PT game at Angel Stadium, which will be available on MLB.TV and broadcast on FOX Sports West.
For Angels fans, it'll be their first chance to see Albert Pujols at home, and the first time seeing Kendrys Morales since he broke his ankle celebrating a walk-off homer on May 29, 2010.
Up next, Cubs: Jay Jackson will start at 3:10 p.m. CT on Monday against the D-backs in Scottsdale in the Cubs' penultimate Cactus League game. This will be Jackson's fifth spring appearance and second start. The right-hander, who will open at Triple-A Iowa, had an impressive outing against the Mariners on March 19, when he gave up four hits over four scoreless innings. Audio coverage of the game will be available live via a cubs.com exclusive free webcast.
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