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Bad blood evident, but game remains fairly calm

5/4/2002

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The anticipated beanball battle never
really got going.

Reds pitcher Jose Rijo plunked leadoff man David Bell, but that
was quickly forgotten as San Francisco beat Cincinnati 6-1 Friday
night for the Giants' fourth victory in five games.

"I don't think it was intentional," Giants manager Dusty Baker
said. "I don't think anybody minded because it didn't hurt. Unless
you get hit on the bone or something, how much is 83 mph supposed
to hurt?"

Jeff Kent broke open the game with a three-run homer in the
seventh. The shot off Rijo (2-1) scored Bell, who singled, and
Barry Bonds, who walked.

Kirk Rueter (4-1) blanked the Reds for eight innings, but was
pulled in the ninth after Sean Casey and Adam Dunn opened with
singles.

Chad Zerbe relieved and allowed Aaron Boone's run-scoring single.

Rueter has not thrown a complete game since June 29, 1999,
against Colorado, a span of 87 starts. His last shutout was came
against the Giants on Aug. 27, 1995, with Montreal.

He allowed one run on nine hits with two walks and two
strikeouts. The Giants helped by turning four double plays behind
him.

Recent tension between the teams and comments by Reds reliever
Scott Williamson this week had fueled speculation there might be
trouble.

Last Sunday in Cincinnati, Giants reliever Felix Rodriguez hit
Casey in the upper arm with a pitch after Reds reliever Gabe White
threw over Bonds' head. Williamson later said there was now bad
blood between the clubs.

Rijo set the tone by hitting Bell in the upper arm. Bell went to
second when Bonds walked, and scored on J.T. Snow's single.

"I don't really think it was thrown at me," Bell said. "He
had no reason to throw at me with the guys hitting behind me."

Rijo said he likes to throw his first pitches inside, but he
lost his release point and ended up hitting Bell.

"Do you think I want to hit the leadoff guy and face Barry
Bonds with guys on base? You've got to be kidding," he said.

Rich Aurilia made it 2-0 with a home run off Rijo in the fifth.
It was Aurilia's third homer overall and his third in a row on a
Friday night.

The Giants added a run in the sixth and Reds manager Bob Boone
got ejected.

Snow singled, Reggie Sanders reached on an infield single and
Tsuyoshi Shinjo appeared to ground into an easy double play to
third baseman Aaron Boone.

But while Snow was out at third, first base umpire Jerry Layne
ruled that Shinjo had beaten the throw. That call brought out
Boone, who was ejected after an animated argument. Benito
Santiago's single then scored Sanders.

Rijo, who had given up just two earned runs over his last 11
innings going into the game, allowed six runs on eight hits over
seven innings.

"The positive was I threw 110 pitches," said Rijo, who has had
five surgeries on his right elbow. "Today I felt like a starter. I
feel like I'm back for sure."

Rueter, meanwhile, was understandably disappointed he didn't get
that complete game.

"Every time I get close, I want to try to get it," he said.

Bonds, who jumped out to fast start with eight home runs, has
not homered since April 17 -- a span of 32 at-bats. The National League Most Valuable Player has
been bothered by a sore left hamstring.

Austin Kearns was back in right field for the Reds after sitting
out all but a pinch-hit appearance in the past two games.

Kearns was hit above the left eye by Dodgers reliever Giovanni
Carrara on Tuesday.

Game notes
The Reds have won each of their past four series and seven
of nine series this season. ... The Reds swept the Giants 3-0 last
season at Pacific Bell Park. It was their first series sweep in San
Francisco since 1996 at Candlestick Park.... It was Rueter's 99th
career victory and 74th as a Giant. He now ranks sixth on the Giants'
career victories list, passing Bobby Bolin and Gary Lavelle.