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Chris Rusin gave up a career-high 13 hits and the offense was held in check as the Sacramento River Cats (41-30) took a 5-1 decision over the Iowa Cubs (34-34) on Monday afternoon at Raley Field. With the loss, Iowa completed its eight-game road trip with a 2-6 record.

Sacramento hit Rusin (4-9) early and often on an afternoon where all nine slots in the River Cats lineup collected at least one hit. Rusin allowed a career-high 13 hits (12 singles) over six innings, allowing five runs (four earned) while walking one and striking out three.

Iowa didn’t manage to get any consistent offense going against a trio of River Cats pitchers, with the only run of the game coming on a Ryan Kalish home run in the sixth. The home run was the second of the season for Kalish in an Iowa Cubs uniform.

Matt Buschmann (5-2) picked up the victory for the River Cats, going six innings allowing one run on five hits, walking none and striking out six.

Tyler Ladendorf and Shane Peterson picked up three hits each for Sacramento while Chris Valaika had two hits, both doubles, for Iowa.

Iowa returns home to open an eight-game homestand on Tuesday night, welcoming the El Paso Chihuahuas, triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres for four games before hosting the Albuquerque Isotopes, triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers for four.

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