MILWAUKEE (Ticker) --
didn't have to wait around four games, thinking about a miserable start.
A night after failing to make it to the fifth inning, Rusch got a whacky game-winning hit in the 14th, popping a suicide squeeze over a drawn-in infield to give the
a 3-2 victory over the
With the Brewers out of bench players, manager
opted against giving reliever Scott Foster his first career at-bat, instead turning to Rusch, a lifetime .270 hitter.
Rusch allowed six runs in four innings Friday but got a chance to atone with his bat. He is 20-for-72 lifetime with one home run, nine RBI and 24 strikeouts.
"The day ended up being a lot better than it was when I showed up to the park today," he said. "It's not a lot of fun when you have a rough outing on the mound and have to come in and watch the next four games, thinking about it."
"I just didn't make the play," said Kent, who went 2-for-7 and committed his third error of the season.
Both runners moved up on a flyout by
, who tied it at 2-2 in the ninth with an RBI single off closer
. Linebrink intentionally walked
before Yost turned to Rusch.
"I didn't want to have one of our starting pitchers up there in a situation like that," Yost said.
Hitless in five at-bats this season, Rusch took the first pitch for a strike. Young raced home on the 0-1 delivery and Rusch squared to bunt before pulling halfway back and popping the ball just out of Kent's reach behind second base.
"It was a lucky play," Rusch said. "For me to bunt the ball that hard and get it over their heads, I wasn't trying to do that. I got lucky. It worked out for us."
"I'm just hoping he makes contact because if he don't, I'm a dead duck," Young said. "It's good that Glendon is a pitcher who can handle the bat."
Young provided a spark off the bench as the Brewers improved to 7-5 since an 0-6 start. He doubled off Wagner before scoring the tying run in the ninth inning and got hit by a pitch in the 11th.
"It's a big confidence-builder," Young said of the win. "We've been competing against some of the best pitchers in the league. It's a tribute to this team's character that we keep fighting and fighting."
was two outs away from improving to 6-0 at Miller Park, but Clark singled in Young in the ninth to tie it. It marked the first blown save in 16 chances since August 9 for Wagner, who did not speak to the media.
"He gave up a run," Astros manager
said. "That's going to happen now and then."
Miller fired seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits and three walks while striking out three.
gave up just a run over the first 5 1/3 innings for the Brewers.
Houston opened the scoring in the first on an RBI groundout by
singled in Kent in the eighth to make it 2-0.